Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani tweeted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as the stage is all set for ‘bhumi pujan’ of a grand temple in Ayodhya at a spot where devotees believe that Lord Ram was born.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 5, 2020
जासु बिरहँ सोचहु दिन राती। रटहु निरंतर गुन गन पाँती॥
रघुकुल तिलक सुजन सुखदाता। आयउ कुसल देव मुनि त्राता।।
प्रिय राम भक्तों, आपका अभिनंदन, आपको बधाई
जय श्री राम!
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 5, 2020
The ceremony is said to take place at 12:40 pm, which is the ‘muhurat’ for the foundation stone laying ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with CM Adityanath and 175 people who figure in a select guest list of seers and politicians will attend the ceremony. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has posted a controversial advertisement in today’s ‘Saamana’ with picture of Babri Masjid demolition with Balasaheb Thackeray’s statement: “I am proud of those who did this”.
Police barricades, yellow banners, walls with a fresh coat of paint and the sounds of ‘bhajan’ mark parts of Ayodhya as the city awaits the laying of first brick of the Ram temple. The groundbreaking ceremony will be telecast live. Prior to the function, Modi will take part in ‘pooja’ and ‘darshan’ at Hanumangarhi. Then he will travel to ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi’ where he will take part in pooja and darshan of ‘Bhagwan Shree Ramlala Virajman’.