Ayodhya Ram Mandir full programme: PM Modi performs Bhumi Pujan, stage set for grand Ram Temple!
Ram Mandir Ayodhya Bhumi Pujan full programme: The historic foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ram Janambhoomi site was successfully completed on August 5, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the Bhumi Pujan along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Nine bricks were laid as a part of Bhumi Pujan at the site. The bricks were sent by devotees of Lord Ram from around the world in 1989. There are 2,75000 such bricks, out of which 100 bricks have 'Jai Shri Ram' engraved on them, as per the priests. Besides this, soil from over 2000 pilgrimage sites and water from more than 100 rivers was brought for the rituals.
Bricks laid as part of 'Bhoomi Pujan' for #RamTemple in #Ayodhya.
Soil from more than 2000 pilgrimage sites and water from more than 100 rivers was brought for the rituals. https://t.co/aGj5yugb2K pic.twitter.com/Ca7Yu5pjpm— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
After the havan, the Prime Minister addressing all the invitees at the special ceremony affirmed that a grand Ram Temple will be built for Ram Lalla. He said that today, "Ram janmbhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again - that had been going on for centuries."
A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram janmbhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again - that had been going on for centuries: PM Narendra Modi. #RamMandir pic.twitter.com/xohyQreFs6— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
PM Modi's speech: Key Highlights
• The Prime Minister said that the Ram Mandir will become a modern symbol of our traditions. He continued by saying that it will become a symbol of our devotion and our national sentiment. He stated that the temple will also symbolise the power of collective resolution of crores of people and will keep inspiring the future generations.
• PM Modi further highlighted that this is an emotional moment for the entire country, as a long wait ends today. He assured that a grand temple will now be built for Ram Lalla who had been living under a tent for many years.
#WATCH: "Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country... A long wait ends today... A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been living under a tent for many years," says PM Modi at foundation stone-laying ceremony of #RamTemple pic.twitter.com/7e1e1reXdZ— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
• The Prime Minister reiterated that the construction of this temple will not only create history but with it, history will be repeated. He pointed that the way boatmen to tribals helped Lord Ram, the way children helped Lord Krishna lift Govardhan mountain, similarly, with everyone's efforts temple construction will be completed.
With the construction of this temple, not only history is being made, but is being repeated. The way boatmen to tribals helped Lord Ram, the way children helped Lord Krishna lift Govardhan mountain, similarly, with everyone's efforts temple construction will be completed: PM pic.twitter.com/EnLqLBHSBK— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
• PM Modi further referring to the "Jai Siyaram" chant said that the call is resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world. He further expressed deep gratitude to all citizens of India and the Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on the occasion.
'Jai Siyaram'. This call is resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world today. I express gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on today's pious occasion: PM Narendra Modi. #RamMandir pic.twitter.com/Z7WLHdIroE— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
• PM Modi also released a commemorative postage stamp on the 'Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir' and unveiled the plague of the Ram Temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the plaque of #RamMandir in #Ayodhya. President of Ram Mandir Trust Mahant Nitya Gopal Das, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat also present with him. pic.twitter.com/BLExodooMz— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted on the historic occasion, saying that the Ram Temple, "being built in tune with law, defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. It will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a symbol of modern India."
Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. It will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a symbol of modern India.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 5, 2020
Prior to performing the Bhumi Pujan, the Prime Minister had offered prayers to Ram Lalla and performed 'sashtang pranam' (prostration) at the Ram Janmabhoomi site. PM Modi also planted the divine 'Parijaat' sapling on the premises of Ram Mandir ahead of 'Bhumi Pujan' ceremony. PM Modi used the traditional natural drip irrigation method to plant the auspicious 'Parijaat' sapling.
Prior to reaching the Ram Janmabhoomi site, the Prime Minister offered prayers at 10th century Hanuman Garhi Temple. He was presented with a headgear, silver 'mukut' and stole by Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Maharaj, head priest of 10th-century Hanuman Garhi Temple.
#Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented with a headgear, silver 'mukut' and stole by Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Maharaj, head priest of 10th-century Hanuman Garhi Temple. https://t.co/3kYihPoJOg pic.twitter.com/ZqamphD0LY— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2020
The Prime Minister arrived in Ayodhya at the designated time of 11.30 am. He was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while maintaining social distancing. The entire foundation laying programme of the Ram temple is expected to take place from 11 am to 2 pm. Overall, 175 eminent guests have been invited for the Bhumi Pujan ceremony including Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.
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Silver coin given to all guests at Ram Temple's Bhoomi pujan'
All the guests who had been invited for the Ram Mandir 'Bhumi Pujan' ceremony were gifted a silver coin as 'prasad'. The silver coin has the image of Ram Darbar on one side, which includes Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman and the insignia of trust on the other side. The guests were also given 'Raghupati Laddoos' as prasad.
Ram Mandir Guest List
Around 175 eminent guests including 135 seers were invited for the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The list included Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya dispute. The dignitaries who shared the stage with PM Narendra Modi included UP CM Yogi Adityanath, UP Governor Anandiben Patel, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Ram Mandir Trust Chief Nritya Gopaldas.
Due to concerns of Coronavirus spread, the authorities urged outsiders not to come to the temple city and to mark the occasion from their homes. The ceremony was telecasted live by Doordarshan.
The Ramarchan puja was conducted ahead of the foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya to invite all the major gods and goddesses ahead of Lord Ram's arrival.
The Ramarchan puja was conducted at the temporary seat of Ramlalla in four phases, out of which the third phase involved worship of Lord Ram’s father Dashrath and his wives, worship of Lord Ram’s brothers- Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan with their wives and worship of Lord Hanuman. Lord Ram was worshiped in the fourth phase.
Security Tightened in Ayodhya
The security was heightened in Ayodhya ahead of the foundation stone laying ceremony. Section 144 was imposed in Kalaburagi from Aug 4-6, in the wake of the ‘bhumi pujan’ for Ayodhya’s Ram temple.
Ayodhya Lit Up
The temples across Ayodhya were decorated with diyas, lights and flowers ahead of the foundation laying ceremony of the grand Ram Temple.
Mahavir Mandir Trust of Patna prepared over 1.25 lakh 'Raghupati Laddoos' for the occasion. The laddoos will be distributed as 'prasad' to all the visiting devotees.