Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ayodhya on Wednesday morning to take part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Ram Temple.
The prominent leaders who were part of the ceremony sat around the havan fire adhering to the social distancing norms and wearing masks in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The priests chanted vedic mantras according to the yagyas.
The foundation of the ceremony that happened today was laid 28 years ago on the 5th of December 1992. Praveen Jain, the current National Photo Editor of The Print, had covered the demolition extensively. Here’s how the incident unfolded through images.
The foundation stone-laying ceremony that happened in July 1992 under the Kalyan Singh led UP government.
The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Arjun Singh has a conversation over the phone with the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao 3 days before the demolition.
A kar sevak writes Rakt Denge, Pran Denge (we will give blood, we will give our lives) on a wall a day before the demolition.
During the rehearsal of the demolition, a policeman joins the kar sevaks and shouts the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
A Rehearsal of the Babri masjid demolition.
The night before the Babri Masjid demolition.
As the Babri Masjid is brought down, BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, and Vijayraje Scindia look.
Kar sevaks demolishing Babri Masjid.
Source: The Print
Images Credits: The Print