Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan Guest List: PM Modi and other prominent names attended the ceremony- All you need to know

Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan Ceremony in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh took place on August 5, 2020, in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and several other personalities. As the historic moment of establishing the foundation of Ram Mandir took place, details of the guest list and invitation card were also unveiled by the authorities. 

The invite list of Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan mentioned PM Modi and three more names. In the light of widespread pandemic, the list has been vastly trimmed by the trust. The invitation card with a saffron theme also has an image of the idol of Ram Lalla or infant Lord Ram.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Modi has been joined on stage by Chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mohan Bhagwat, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Nritya Gopal Das.

#WATCH live: PM Narendra Modi in Ayodhya for #RamTemple foundation stone laying ceremony. https://t.co/yo5LpodbSz

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Eminent Personalities who attended the ceremony:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived Ayodhya for Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan at 11.30 on August 5, 2020, to take part in the historic event.

• Uma Bharti, who was not planning on attending the ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was also present during the puja. Baba Ramdev also marked his presence and appreciated the efforts of the government.

During the ceremony, PM Modi was joined by Chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mohan Bhagwat, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Nritya Gopal Das.

•  While addressing the ceremony of Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath acknowledged the eminent personalities missing the event due to COVID-19, namely BJP Veteran LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, and assured that in future events, the state government will take every step to make sure that they are also a part of this historical event. 

• Apart from Hindu religious leaders, several other heads of different communities were also seen attending the ceremony, symbolizing the unity and acceptance of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Invitation for Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan: Key Highlights

•   As per Champat Rai, General Secretary of Ram Mandir Trust, invites have been sent to around 175 people for the elaborate Bhumi Pujan ceremony amid the nation’s COVID-19 fight.

•   Each invitation of the ceremony has a security code that will work only once and if the guest exists the venue, they will not be allowed to come back.

•   Invitations are only for the residents of Ayodhya and the first invite has been sent to Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants of Ayodhya Ram Mandir case.

•   Mohammad Sharif, Padma Shri recipient, who was honoured for cremating over 10,000 unclaimed bodies has also been invited.

•   The ceremony is set to be attended by 175 people which will include several top leaders along with saints and sages from across the country.  

•   The invitees have been finalised only after they RSVP-ed on phone calls. As per the organisers, due to the COVID-19 situation and keeping up the norm of social distancing, we have also made personal calls and have apologized to many people.

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Ram Mandir Guest List: Which prominent names are on the list?

•   Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Former BJP President LK Advani, key BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

•   Other names on the list include MLA Lallu Singh, BJP National President JP Nadda, Deputy CM’s of UP Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, UP Cabinet Ministers Chaudhary Lakshmi Narayan Singh and Suresh Khanna, Narendra Giri of Akhada Parishad, Pawan Singh from Ashok Singhal’s family who is a VHP leader, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Yoga Guru Ramdev, Vinay Pandey HoD of NHU Jyotish Department.

•   Salil Singh, who is a nephew of late VHP leader Ashok Singhal, will be the Yajmaan (ritual patron) at the ceremony, has been invited for the event.

•   Hindu seers from neighboring country Nepal have also been invited as Janakpur has relations with Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Ayodhya.

•  BJP Leader Uma Bharti, who was not attending the ceremony earlier, was also seen during the Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya. 

Apart from the Hindu religious leaders, jathedars and Sikh priests, Chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board from Lucknow and several other religious leaders were also invited for the historic event. 

Key faces of Ram Mandir campaign missing from the ceremony:

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were few faces who were not able to attend the ceremony and observed the historic event virtually.

Mr. LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who were invited for the event, reportedly joined the ceremony virtually to observe the COVID-19 precautions. 

Another name added to the list who was not able to attend the event was of Home Minister Amit Shah, who was tested positive for Coronavirus on August 2, 2020. As per the earlier reports, he was unlikely to attend the ceremony.

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About Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan Ceremony:

According to Champat Rai, General Secretary of Ram Mandir Trust, PM Narendra Modi  arrived for the ceremony at 11.30 am on August 5. During the ceremony, PM Modi established a 40 kg silver brick paving way for the symbolic start of the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya which has been central to BJP’s core agenda and election promises.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also planted a ‘Parijat’ tree in the premises and the inscription of the temple has been inaugurated. The ceremony is expected to go on till 2 pm.

The UP state government has also released a postal stamp which will be based on the temple design.

Background:

The historic event of building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will take place after the years of dispute over the 2.77-acre site where Babri Mosque from the 16th century stood. Later, it was razed by the Hindu activists who believed that the mosque was built on the ruins of the ancient temple which marks the birthplace of Lord Ram.

In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India had announced that the site will be handed over for building a temple and an alternative 5-acre site will be given to Muslims.

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