Prime Minister Narendra Modi who started his speech with Jai Siya Ram chant, said the wait for a grand temple at Ayodhya will soon be over with the bhoomi pujan. He the entire country is in trance. Ram Lalla has been housed under a tent for many years and finally there will be grand temple built for him, he said.
PM Modi expressed gratitude to all citizens of the country, the Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram as he laid the foundation stone for Ram temple in Ayodhya. This is the first time that a Prime Minister has visited Ram Janmabhoomi to offer prayers at the sanctum sanctorum where the deity has been worshipped since 1949.
The Prime Minister now the “Jai Shri Ram” chant will reverberate across the entire world. “Today, Ram Janmbhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again – that had been going on for centuries. Lord Ram is in our hearts, whatever work we have to do he is our inspiration,” he added.
According to him, ideals of Lord Ram reflect the basis of Indian culture. “The movement for building a Ram temple had dedication, struggle and resolve. I bow to those people whose sacrifice has made this possible,” PM Modi said.
Before the ceremony, the prime minister visited the Hanuman Garhi temple where he performed aarti of Lord Hanuman. Ramesh Das, the head mahant of the temple, gifted a turban and a crown to PM Modi.
PM Modi has come to Ayodhya after a gap of 29 years. It was in 1991 when he last visited the city.
He has been associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) movement to build a Ram temple for a long time. He was a part of veteran BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra in 1990.
In 1991, when he last visited Ayodhya, Modi had said that he will come to city only when the construction of Ram temple begins. That was made possible by a judgement of the Supreme Court in November last year when a bench headed by former chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi ruled in favour of Hindus.
The Muslims were given land separately for the construction of a mosque.