In a historic event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a grand Ram Mandir at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Following the bhoomi pujan that concluded around 1 pm, PM Modi said the wait for centuries has come to an end. He said India is creating a golden chapter in Ayodhya.
PM Modi starts speech with Jai Siya Ram
PM Modi began his speech with the “Jai Siya Ram” chant. He said a grand temple will be erected for Ram Lalla who had been living in a temporary tent for years.
“Many people made sacrifices for the Ram temple. I pay my respects to all of them,” the prime minister said. Notably, many devout Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born at the disputed site.
Ram basis of our culture
Sending out the message that “Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all”, Modi said the temple symbolises India’s rich heritage. He said it will be an inspiration for all of humanity.
Despite efforts to eradicate Lord Ram’s existence, he lives in our hearts and is the basis of our culture, Modi said.
Social harmony core principle of Lord Ram’s governance
“Social harmony was the core principle of Lord Ram’s governance,” the prime minister said.
Citing Lord Ram’s message, Modi said the more powerful India gets, the more it will be loved and remain peaceful
Ram Mandir to unite India
The construction of the Ram temple is an instrument to unite the country, he said. He added that it will lift the economy of the entire region.
“We have to join stones for construction of Ram temple with mutual love, brotherhood,” he said, asserting that everyone’s sentiments have to be taken care of.
The prime minister unveiled a plaque and released a commemorative postal stamp.
PM Modi offered prayers at Hanumangarhi temple
The prime minister arrived in Ayodhya in a helicopter where Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among others received him.
Before the function to lay the foundation stone of the ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’, he took part in prayers at the Hanumangarhi temple.
From there, he travelled to the ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi’ where he performed prayers at the ‘Bhagwan Shree Ramlala Virajman’. He also planted a parijat (Indian night jasmine) sapling.
Many people had opposed PM’s visit to Ayodhya for laying the foundation stone of the temple.
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