The construction of Ayodhya Ram Mandir (temple) at the disputed site of Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi anticipated by many through decades will be started today (5 August 2020) with a ground-breaking ceremony accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other VIPs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the 175 people who will be present at the ceremony. He will share the dais with just four other renowned people Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Prime Minister Modi will uncover a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the temple, followed by the announcement of a memorial postage stamp on “Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir”. After the event, PM Modi would address the gathering before leaving for the helipad.
Ahead of the ceremony Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan, Ayodhya has been decked up. The city has been painted yellow, an auspicious color of knowledge and learning. Wednesday’s ceremony will be broadcast live by Doordarshan from 1215 Hours. Amid the pandemic, barriers have been put up across the town. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announcing an appeal, asking only those invited for Wednesday’s “Bhoomi Pujan” ceremony only to come to Ayodhya. In keeping with Covid-19 standards, seating arrangements have been made in a way that all invitees will sit at a distance of six feet.
Senior leaders, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will attend the event through video conference. The two leaders will be incited by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. There has been speculation about the invitation to the two leaders, who are considered to be architects of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. Senior BJP leader, Uma Bharti has said that she will stay away from the 5 August event at Ayodhya.
On Tuesday, prayers were offered to the Nishan (flag) of Lord Hanuman, worshiped 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 on 5 August at night.