Riding a chopper to Ayodhya, amidst holy chants playing in the background, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at the holy site of Ram Janambhoomi where he laid today the symbolic, a 40-kg silver brick for a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya after participating in a “Bhoomi Pujan” or a groundbreaking ceremony attended mostly by spiritual leaders.
“It is an emotional moment for India. A long wait ends today. A grand temple will now be built for Lord Ram who had been living under a tent for many years,” the PM said, addressing the gathering to chants of “Jai Shri Ram”.
It was his first visit to the riverside town in 29 years; in 1992 he had vowed to return only when a Ram temple was built. Today’s function marked a watershed moment for one of India’s longest campaigns, one that found resonance with millions in the country and abroad.
Sharing the dias with four participants, PM Modi participated in the “Yagya” before laying the symbolic brick for a Ram Temple.
The bhoomi pujan was conducted on the very spot where Ram Lalla (Lord Ram as fondly called in Uttar Pradesh) rested.
People across the country were equally elated to see the ceremony live on their television screens with PM Modi paying obeisance with the traditional “Ashtanga Namaskara”.
Apart from the brick laying ceremony, PM Modi also unveild a plaque and released a commemorative postal stamp.