Indians associate the name “RAM” with the concept of Truth or ‘Satya’. For the vast majority of Indians, the Truth involves the simple demonstration of the correspondence between the man’s words and his actions. While the name “Ram” may denote the personification of the Final, Ultimate, or Absolute Reality, for all practical purposes, Indians make the basic assumption and have expectation that the man must uphold the principle of Truth in his own utterances and actions.
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In pics: Clad in golden dhoti-kurta, PM Modi performs bhoomi pujan rituals for Ram temple in Ayodhya
The prime minister’s first stop in Ayodhya was the 10th-century Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya wherein he offered special prayers.
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Hindustan times, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the holy city of Ayodhya on Wednesday for the momentous foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple, the Temple of God. Dressed in a golden-colored traditional dhoti kurta, the prime minister’s first stop was the 10th-century Hanuman Garhi temple wherein he offered special prayers.
PM Modi was presented with a headgear, silver ‘mukut’ and a stole by Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Maharaj, head priest of the ancient Hanuman Garhi Temple.
The prime minister then went on to offer prayers to Ram Lalla and performed ‘sashtang pranam’ at Ram Janmabhoomi.
PM Modi also planted a Parijat sapling, considered a divine plant, ahead of foundation stone-laying of Ram Temple, the Temple of God.
Surrounded by seers, the prime minister took part in the rituals and performed Bhoomi Pujan for the Ram Temple, the Temple of God.
As per the priest at Ram temple Bhoomi Pujan, nine bricks were kept at the site of the ceremony which were sent by the devotees of Lord Ram from around the world in 1989.
“There are 2 lakh 75 thousand such bricks out of which 100 bricks with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ engraving have been taken,” the priest said during the ceremony as reported by ANI.
Soil from more than 2000 pilgrimage sites and water from more than 100 rivers was brought for the rituals.
After performing the rituals, the prime minister released a commemorative postage stamp on the ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’ and took to the stage to address the nation on the groundbreaking occasion.
PM Modi began his address by chanting Jai Siya Ram and thanked all citizens of the nation as well as Indian diaspora across the world on the pious occasion.
“A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying makeshift tent till now. Today, Ram Janmabhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again – that had been going on for centuries,” the prime minister said.