Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to Ayodhya to attend a ground-breaking ceremony of a temple to Lord Ram in the city.
He is among the 175 people who will be present at the ceremony. He will share the dais with just four other people — RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, and CM Yogi Adityanath. PM Modi will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the temple, followed by the release of a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’.
After the event, Modi would address the gathering before leaving for the helipad.
Ahead of the ceremony, Ayodhya has been decked up. The city has been painted yellow – an auspicious color of knowledge and learning. On Tuesday, prayers were offered to the Nishan (flag) of Lord Hanuman, revered as the protector of the city.
Starting Tuesday, all local temples started a continuous Akhand Ramayan recitation with temples and homes being lit as in Diwali. The same will continue August 5 night.
Amid the pandemic, barricades have been put up across the town, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issuing an appeal, asking only those invited for Wednesday’s “Bhoomi pujan” ceremony to come to Ayodhya.
In keeping with Covid-19 norms, seating arrangements have been made in a way that all invitees will sit at a distance of six feet.
(With inputs from IndianExpress)