PM Modi inaugurates Ram temple in Ayodhya, says ‘new era’ begins

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, where he performed the ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration ceremony) of the idol of Ram Lalla. He said the temple marks the beginning of a ‘new era’ for India and the world.

Ram Lalla moves from tent to temple

The prime minister said he felt the divine vibrations as he entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple, where he offered prayers to the 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, which was carved by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj. The idol, which was placed in the temple on January 18, replaced the makeshift tent where Ram Lalla had been residing since 1992.

“Our Ram Lalla will no longer live in a tent. Our Ram Lalla will stay in a magnificent temple,” Modi said, adding that the temple will be a symbol of India’s culture, heritage, and faith.

He said the temple will also inspire future generations to follow the ideals of Lord Ram, who is revered as the epitome of righteousness, justice, and compassion.

Ram temple fulfills centuries-old aspiration

The prime minister said the inauguration of the Ram temple fulfills the centuries-old aspiration of millions of devotees, who had waited patiently and sacrificed immensely for this day. He said he sought forgiveness from Lord Ram for any shortcomings in the process of building the temple.

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“I am confident Lord Ram would forgive us,” he said.

He also thanked the judiciary for delivering justice and paving the way for the construction of the temple in a legal manner. He said the Supreme Court’s verdict in 2019, which gave the disputed site to the Hindu side and allotted an alternative plot to the Muslim side, was a historic one that resolved a long-standing issue.

He said the temple will not only be a place of worship, but also a centre of social harmony, where people of all faiths and backgrounds will be welcome.

Ram temple heralds a new dawn

The prime minister said January 22, 2024 is not merely a date, but marks the advent of a new era for India and the world. He said the temple will be a catalyst for the development of Ayodhya and the entire region, as well as a source of inspiration for the global community.

He said the temple will also reflect India’s spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, Great India), where diversity is celebrated and unity is strengthened.

He said the temple will also showcase India’s ancient wisdom and modern vision, as it will be built with eco-friendly materials and state-of-the-art technology.

He urged the people to take a pledge to follow the path of Lord Ram and contribute to the nation’s progress and prosperity.

He concluded his speech by chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Ram temple inauguration witnessed by thousands

The inauguration of the Ram temple was witnessed by thousands of people, who had gathered in Ayodhya despite the COVID-19 restrictions. The event was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saints, political leaders, industrialists, film stars, poets, litterateurs, and sportspersons.

The event was also broadcast live on various platforms, including television, radio, and social media, reaching millions of people across the country and the world.

The event was marked by various cultural and religious programmes, such as ‘bhajans’, ‘kirtans’, ‘shlokas’, and ‘aartis’. The event also coincided with the auspicious occasion of ‘Basant Panchami’, which marks the onset of spring and the birthday of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning and arts.

The event was the culmination of a series of rituals that had started on January 16 with ‘prayaschit’ and ‘karmakuti’ puja, followed by ‘bhoomi pujan’ and ‘shila pujan’ on January 17, and ‘kalash sthapana’ and ‘dhwajarohan’ on January 18.

The construction of the Ram temple is expected to take about three years, and will cost around Rs 1,100 crore. The temple will have a height of 161 feet, and will have five domes, 360 pillars, and 212 stone beams. The temple will also have a museum, a library, a research centre, and a food court.

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