ayodhya ram mandir news: The city of Ayodhya gets ready for long-waited Ram  Mandir's ground-breaking ceremony - The Economic Times

Festivities and religious ceremonies which will culminate in a grand ground-breaking ceremony for the Ram temple on Wednesday got underway in Ayodhya a day earlier, while some prominent guests including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev arrived in the holy city. Prayers started at three prominent sites in Ayodhya, preparing the ground for the ceremonies surrounding the laying of the foundation stone on Wednesday.

At the Hanuman Garhi temple, which PM Modi will visit before he heads for the Ram janmabhoomi, a nishaan puja was held on Tuesday morning followed by a Ram archana at the site where Ram Lalla is lodged. A vastu and shila sanskar puja was also held at the Ram janmabhoomi complex.

Invitations were extended in person by senior VHP functionaries to saints in Ayodhya who have been invited. Among the 175 invitees, 135 are saints. “We are personally going to the houses of the saints and delivering the invitations,” Ambarish, regional secretary, UP East, VHP, told ET. Other saints who arrived in the city included Avdheshanand, Chidanand Muni and Brahmanand Swami.

Elaborate puja and Ramayana recitation also began in other pilgrimage cities such as Mathura, Varanasi, Chitrakut, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj and Naimisharayan, on the appeal of CM Adityanath. Along with deepotsav or lighting of earthen lamps in several towns across UP, Adityanath’s official residence in Lucknow also witnessed lighting of lamps.

PM Modi will lay a special lotus made of an alloy of five sacred metals (panch-dhaatu), studded with nine gems (navratna) at the base stone that will form the seat of Ram Lalla in the new temple. Borders of the Ayodhya district had been sealed starting Monday evening, with permission being granted only to media persons and natives of Ayodhya to enter the district, deputy inspector general of Ayodhya, Deepak Kumar, told ET. The borders will be opened again on Wednesday evening.

The Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust received over ₹30 crore as of Tuesday for building the temple, Swami Govind Dev Giri, treasurer of the temple trust told ANI. Giri said an additional ₹11 crore raised by spiritual leader Morari Bapu will be received by the trust by Wednesday. People living abroad have so far raised ₹7 crore but acceptance of that donation can be done only after the trust receives the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) certification, said Giri.

Members of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an organisation linked with the RSS which believes Lord Ram to be the ancestor of Indian Muslims, gathered and recited the Hanuman Chalisa as a mark of their support to the cause of building the temple.

Hundreds of Muslims in Ayodhya and Faizabad who share this belief will be reciting the hymn on Wednesday as well, either by congregating with social distancing or from the confines of their homes, senior RSS functionary and margdarshak (guide) of the MRM, Indresh Kumar, told ET.


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