Ayodhya: The bhoomi pujan (ground-breaking) ceremony for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya concluded Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP leader Uma Bharti and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat attending the function among other invitees.
Earlier, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust planned to invite 267 people, but the list was later trimmed to 162 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing the gathering after the bhoomi pujan, Modi termed the upcoming Ram Janmabhoomi temple as a “modern symbol of our culture, eternal faith and national spirit”, and stressed on the need of “sabka saath, sabka vishwas”.
PM Modi reached Ayodhya at 11:30 am and visited the Hanuman Garhi Temple before arriving at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.
The bhoomi pujan began around noon with PM Modi laying the foundation stone of the temple at 12:40 pm.
After the completion of the ceremony, CM Adityanath and RSS chief Bhagwat also addressed the gathering.
Read the updates here:
15:23 pm: “Golden chapter in the history of India,” tweets Home Minister Amit Shah.
He says the construction of the temple is the result of centuries-long sacrifice, struggle and penance of the innumerable devotees of Lord Ram.
“Today is a historic and proud day for India. The consecration of the grand Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lord Ram’s birthplace has written a golden chapter in the history of great Indian culture and civilisation and heralded the beginning of a new era,” writes Shah, who is currently undergoing treatment for Covid at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.
“The construction of the grand Ram temple demonstrates the strong and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“My heartiest congratulations to all Indians on this unforgettable day. The Modi government will always remain committed to the preservation of Indian culture and its values,” he tweets Shah.
15:10 pm: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal says he’s proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled the dream of a Ram Mandir at Ram Janmabhoomi.
“It’s a very important day for us. People were waiting for many years for a Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi. Today that dream has come true. We are proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled this dream. This temple will strengthen peace & humanity in the country,” says Sonowal, according to ANI.
15:00 pm: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu offers prayers with his family at his residence.
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
14:45 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is undergoing treatment for Covid, greets people on the occasion of the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Ram Temple.
He tweets, “After centuries, the coronation of Lord Rama will take place in Ayodhya…”
14:40 pm: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh defends his party’s stance on the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, and says the Congress did not want the “Ram Temple to be a matter of contention between two groups”. Read the full report here.
14:27 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind says Ram Temple in Ayodhya is “being built in tune with law” and defines India’s spirit of social harmony.
Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. It will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a symbol of modern India.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 5, 2020
14:08 pm: PM Modi concludes speech, with a message to wear mask and maintain social distancing.
“Do gaj ki doori, mask hai zaroori,” he says.
14:06 pm: Ram’s message for all of us is to move ahead — must ensure sabka saath, sabka vishwas, says PM Modi.
14:05 pm: We are building a Ram circuit in Ram’s own city, PM Modi says, adding that, “We also have to ensure that the message of Lord Shri Ram, the message of Ram temple, the message of our thousands of years of tradition – how it can continue to reach the whole world.”
14:00 pm: PM Modi says Ram is a “symbol of good governance” and an “emblem of India’s unity in diversity.”
13:57 pm: “With the construction of this temple, not only history is being made, but is being repeated. The way boatmen to tribals helped Lord Ram, the way children helped Lord Krishna lift Govardhan mountain, similarly, with everyone’s efforts, temple construction will be completed,” says PM Modi.
13:56 pm: From Kanyakumari to Kshirbhavani, from Koteshwar to Kamakhya, from Jagannath to Kedarnath, Somnath to Kashi Vishwanath… today entire country is immersed in Lord Ram, says PM Modi
He says there is “no field in which Ram doesn’t inspire us,” and that Ram resides in the soul of Indians.
13:56 pm: Ram Temple will prove to be a bridge. The temple signifies truth and sacrifice of devotees, says Narendra Modi.
13:54 pm: “I thank all those people who were part of the Ram Mandir movement on behalf of the 130 crore Indians for their struggle,” says PM Modi.
He says, “Ram resides in our heart and if we want to do anything we look towards Lord Ram. Buildings got demolished, so much happened, a lot was done to remove the existence of Ram but he resides in our heart.”
13:50 pm: “During our freedom struggle every one sacrificed for the nation. 15 August is a day symbolising that. Similarly, for Ram Mandir for many centuries and people have made a number of sacrifices and struggled. The movement of Ram Mandir has struggle and resolve,” says PM Modi.
13:45 pm: “A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram Janmabhoomi breaks free of the cycle — that had been going on for centuries — of breaking and getting built again,” says PM Narendra Modi.
13:43 pm: “Ram resides in our heart and if we want to do anything we look towards Lord Ram. Buildings got demolished, so much happened, a lot was done to remove the existence of Ram but Ram resides in our heart,” PM Modi says.
13:40 pm: “Chants of Jai Siya Ram are resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world today. I express gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on today’s pious occasion,” says PM Narendra Modi
13:39 pm: PM Modi chants “Jai Siya Ram” as he addresses the gathering in Ayodhya after the culmination of Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan.
13:17 pm: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says, “Advani ji must be watching this programme at his home on TV. Many could not be invited due to coronavirus but there is happiness all around.”
13:14 pm: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses gathering.
“It is a day of joy, there is happiness all around. We had made a resolve and I remember our then RSS chief had reminded us that you will have to work hard for 20-30 years only then you will get the result,” says Bhagwat.
13:09 pm: “After a wait of 500 years, the day has come,” says CM Yogi Adityanath.
He says several generations have waited for it and many have made sacrifices for this huge moment.
The UP CM says, “It is a highly emotional day for us and also a day of joy and happiness.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many who wanted to be here could not be present. We will ensure that their participation is done in some way in the coming future, he says.
13:02 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses the gathering after bhoomi pujan ceremony concludes.
12:54 pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweets, “Ram is justice. He can never appear in injustice.”
मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम भगवान राम सर्वोत्तम मानवीय गुणों का स्वरूप हैं। वे हमारे मन की गहराइयों में बसी मानवता की मूल भावना हैं।
राम प्रेम हैं
वे कभी घृणा में प्रकट नहीं हो सकते
राम करुणा हैं
वे कभी क्रूरता में प्रकट नहीं हो सकते
राम न्याय हैं
वे कभी अन्याय में प्रकट नहीं हो सकते।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 5, 2020
12:40 pm: PM Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone of Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
12:35 pm: “Nine bricks are kept here… these were sent by devotees of Lord Ram from around the world in 1989. There are 2 lakh 75 thousand such bricks out of which 100 bricks with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ engraving have been taken,” said the priest at Ram Mandir.
12:29 pm: Tamil Nadu BJP members and workers perform special prayers at the party office in Kamalalayam as the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Ram Mandir is underway in Ayodhya.
12:10 pm: Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony starts.
11:58 am: PM Modi reaches Ram Janmabhoomi site, his first visit in 29 years. He offers prayers to Ram Lalla.
11:47 am: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tweets ahead of the “historic foundation laying of Ram Mandir”.
My heartiest congratulations to the people of India on the historic foundation laying of #RamMandir in #Ayodhya, which fulfills the long cherished desire of every Indian. Lord Ram’s universal message of Dharma remains the guiding light not just for India but for the world.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 5, 2020
11:45 am: PM Modi reaches Hanuman Garhi Temple complex.
11:30 am: PM Narendra Modi lands in Ayodhya. He is received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath at the helipad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Ayodhya for foundation stone-laying of #RamTemple, received by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others.
Social distancing norms followed by those present to receive the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/DvJbIlDLRb
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
11:12 am: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reaches the Ram Janmabhoomi site.
11:00 am: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweets, “A momentous day for the nation.”
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 5, 2020
10:50 am: CM Yogi Adityanath meets Baba Ramdev at the Ram Janmabhoomi premises.
10:35 am: On the day of the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan event, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweets saying, “Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity, and we must preserve this to our last breath.”
Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai
Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai!
Mera Bharat Mahaan,
Mahaan Hamara Hindustan.
Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity, and we must preserve this to our last breath! (1/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 5, 2020
10:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Lucknow, will proceed to Ayodhya in a chopper for the Ram Mandir event.
10:27 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and BJP National Vice President Uma Bharti arrive at Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.
Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and BJP National Vice President Uma Bharti arrive at Ram Janambhoomi site in #Ayodhya.
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
10:14 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweets on the occasion of bhoomi pujan ceremony and says, “May Lord Ram’s blessings be upon all of us”. He concludes with “Jai Shri Ram, Jai Bajrang Bali”.
भूमि पूजन के मौक़े पर पूरे देश को बधाई
भगवान राम का आशीर्वाद हम पर बना रहे। उनके आशीर्वाद से हमारे देश को भुखमरी, अशिक्षा और ग़रीबी से मुक्ति मिले और भारत दुनिया का सबसे शक्तिशाली राष्ट्र बने। आने वाले समय में भारत दुनिया को दिशा दे।
जय श्री राम! जय बजरंग बली!
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 5, 2020
10: 12 am: Uma Bharti, one of the five faces of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1980s and 90s, says she will attend the event today.
मैं मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम राम की मर्यादा से बँधी हूँ । मुझे रामजन्मभूमी न्यास के वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने शिलान्यास स्थली पर उपस्थित रहने का निर्देश दिया है । इसलिये मैं इस कार्यक्रम में उपस्थित रहूँगी । #RamMandirBhumiPujan
— Uma Bharti (@umasribharti) August 5, 2020
10:05 am:70-year-old Kalu Ram packed his bicycle and travelled from Rajasthan to Ayodhya via train to witness the event.
09:50 am: Prasad being distributed among people on the streets of Ayodhya.
09:40 am: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya to take part in the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan event.
09:35 am: Indian community members gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate the event.
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
09:14 am: The Ram Janmabhoomi movement goes back centuries, and has been mired in politics, controversy, legal issues and violence. Read the 10 important milestones that led to this point here.
08:36 am: “The Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan is the victory of truth and of all the kar sevaks who sacrificed their lives in the movement,” said Vishwa Hindu Parishad central secretary Ashok Tiwari in an interview with ThePrint’s Neelam Pandey and Suraj Singh Bisht.