The Prime Minister launches the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, calling it a modern symbol of Indian culture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Wednesday, saying the temple would serve as a “modern symbol of Indian culture” and that with it, the country was creating a golden chapter.
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Ram Janmabhoomi, the birthplace of Lord Ram as Hindus believe, has today been freed from the centuries-long cycle of ‘rupture and resurrection’, Modi said, calling it a moment. historical â.
âThe centuries of waiting end today,â he said after performing the âbhoomipujanâ for the temple here at a well-organized event held amid COVID-19.
A large temple would be built for “our Ram Lalla” who had to live in a tent for years, the prime minister said, stressing that millions of people could hardly believe this was happening in their lifetime.
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Mr. Modi emphasized the word “modern” and said the Ram Temple would become a symbol of “our everlasting faith”, national sentiments and the collective will of millions of people.
“This temple will inspire generations to come in matters of faith, respect and determination,” he said, adding that the temple would not only increase the greatness of Ayodhya, but also change the economy of the whole region. . New opportunities would arise as people came from all over the world for a darshan from Lord Ram and Mata Janaki, the prime minister said.
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The official start of temple construction comes nearly 28 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished by a mob of “karsevaks” on December 6, 1992. Following a protracted legal dispute and aggressive policy by the ‘Hindutva for the past three decades, the Supreme Court last November allowed the construction of a Ram Temple at the site, where the Mughal-era mosque has stood for four centuries and where Hindus believe Lord Ram was born. The Ram Temple has long been a poll pledge from the BJP which has claimed power in Uttar Pradesh and the Center following the temple turmoil since the mid-1980s.
“The story repeats itself”
âWith this temple, not only is a new history written, but history repeats itself,â Mr. Modi said.
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Mr. Modi, who visited Ayodhya city for the first time since becoming Prime Minister, began his speech with chants of ‘Jai Siyaram’ and ‘Siyavar Ram Chandra ki Jai’, in tune with the local tradition and the departure of the ‘Jai Shri Slogans of Ram’ popularized by supporters of the Ram Temple movement, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad since the 1990s.
Just as August 15 was commemorated as the day of sacrifice and the will to be free displayed by many generations of Indians during the struggle for independence, construction of the Temple of Ram begins on August 5, 2020 was a âsymbol of penance, sacrifice and determination. “Many generations who have fought for this for centuries,” he said.
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Mr Modi said Lord Ram was “rooted in our hearts” despite attempts to erase his legacy.
âBuildings have been destroyed. What did not happen. Every attempt has been made to destroy existence. But Ram is still in our hearts. The ram is the basis of our culture, âsaid the Prime Minister.
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After landing in Ayodhya, Mr. Modi first offered prayers at Hanumangarhi temple before paying homage and offering aarti in front of the idol of Ram Lalla at the site of Ram Janmabhoomi, the first prime minister to do so. He also planted a âParijatâ tree on the site and issued a postage stamp on the temple.
Mr. Modi likened the building of the temple to an instrument to unite ârashtraâ and connect its present with the past.
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âThis day testifies to the veracity of the crores of Ram bhakts. This day is an incomparable gift of truth, non-violence, faith and sacrifice to peace loving India, âhe said.
While referring to Lord Ram’s different traditions and versions of Ramayana in various languages ââincluding Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Odiya, and from countries like Indonesia and Cambodia, Mr. Modi said: âRam is everywhere, Ram is everyone’s. “
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“Ram is the common thread of India’s ‘unity in diversity’, he said, adding that Mahatma Gandhi had dreamed of a Ram Rajya through the values ââof Lord Ram.
Among those who were on stage with Mr. Modi were RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the trust formed by the government for the construction of the temple, which is expected to be completed in 3.5 years.