The ground-breaking ceremony and the laying of a 22.60 kg silver brick foundation stone will herald the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The event is scheduled to take place today, August 5. A buildup to the main event began on Tuesday morning with the worship of the Hindu avatar of Lord Hanuman’s mark in Ayodhya—Hanuman is believed to preside over the city.
The Ram Temple Bhoomi puja is to be held on the land where the famed Babri Masjid stood until its demolition in December 1992. The celebrations for the groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 8 am where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform the Bhoomi Pujan at the auspicious time between 12:30 and 12:40 pm. The Bhoomi poojan will include chanting of mantras, and after breaking earth, worship of the ground and the shila.
“India had its ‘tryst with destiny’ on August 15, 1947, and I hope that August 5 will be Ayodhya’s and India’s tryst with divinity,” Prof Manoj Dixit, former Vice-Chancellor of the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University here, told news agency PTI.
This struggle has been a relentless story and be it either the judicial battle or creating a riveting atmosphere of consensus, the efforts made by the Modi government have been remarkable and I wholeheartedly thank them for the same.Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
On the stage, there will be just five people, taking into consideration the COVID-protocols, Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The guest list at current stands at 175 key guests, including 135 religious saints have been invited for the ceremony.
“Lord Rudra will be prayed through special Rudrabhishek and Shodashopachara Pooja for the construction of the grand temple of Lord Shri Rama,” read the trust’s statement released Tuesday. Explaining the relevance of Lord Ram and Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology, the chief priest said that a person needs to understand Shiva to understand Lord Ram.
This day will be etched in history as one of the most auspicious days of independent India. My thoughts are with Shri Balasaheb Thackeray, he should have been there to witness this.Raj Thackeray, MNS
Political Significance of August 5
Last year on this very day, India’s government revoked Article 370 which thereby withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. This day also will be the first time after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and the building of a makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya that a prime minister will be having a darshan of Ramlalla Virajman, the infant deity at the site.
For 28 years, the workshop of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas at Ramghat, near Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway, hummed with the sound of chisels resolutely chipping away at stones being carved for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The shilas, as they were called, gathered dirt and moss over the years, even as the workshop itself currently functions as a makeshift police camp. However, after the Supreme Court verdict of November 2019 cleared the way for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the place is humming again. The stones, now polished anew, are lined at the entrance of the workshop, ready to be transported to the site of the new Ram temple. The remainder of the stones will be carved at the site itself. The Centre, on February 5 this year, constituted the 15-member Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirthakshetra Trust as directed by the Supreme Court verdict, thus setting the wheels in motion for the temple’s construction. On July 18 this year, the trust sent a proposal to the prime minister’s office (PMO) for the Bhoomi puja of the Ram temple.
PM Modi will land in Ayodhya at 11.30 am where he will then offer prayers and perform a puja at the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya. Modi will reach the Ram Janmabhoomi Sthal for the main Bhoomi pujan ceremony around noon. The laying of the foundation stone of Ram Mandir will be done at 12.40 pm. The ceremony will go on for about 1.5 hours, which will be attended by Prime Minister Modi.
Ram Temple silver bricks and donations flood in globally
Donations worth crores have also poured in for Ram temple construction. Treasurer of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust, Swami Govind Dev Giri, speaking to news agency ANI said that the trust has received over Rs 30 crores as of August 4.
“By tomorrow, we will have an additional fund of Rs 11 crore, raised by Morari Bapu from people residing in India,” Swami Govind Dev Giri said on Tuesday. An additional Rs 7 crore in overseas donations have been raised however awaiting clearance by government authorities.
Devotees of Ram have also delivered several silver bricks for the temple construction. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust has contributed a silver brick weighing 40 kg, Madhya Pradesh Congress has contributed another 11 silver bricks, while devotees in Ahemdabad have donated silver bricks weighing 24 kgs, apart from many others. These sliver bricks will be used during the foundation stone laying ceremony, but are not likely to be used in temple construction. The city has been painted yellow – an auspicious colour of knowledge and learning.
Construction of the temple will begin after August 5th’s official programme and members of the Trust say that the Ram Temple will be ready in six months to a year.
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