Most awaiting moment for Indians
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Ram Mandir, after Bhoomi Pujan in Ayodya. After the decades of tussle, the stage is now set for the ground breaking ceremony.
The temple town has been decked up for the historic occasion and the city has turned into a fortress with heavy security arrangements at the temple site and entire Ayodhya. Around 4000 security personnel including NSG commandos are manning the site and 75 check posts have been built to block approach roads
PM Modi and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat will be among the five persons on the stage at the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for hich over 175 guests, including 135 religious leaders from different places in the country have been invited by the Trust entrusted with the construction of the temple.
Ram Janmabhoomi Temple is a Hindu temple that is being built at the sacred pilgrimage site of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya of Uttar Pradesh, India. Ram Janmabhoomi is believed to be the birthplace of Rama by Hindus. The temple construction will be undertaken by Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra. The temple has been designed by the Sompura family of Gujarat.
The temple construction will start again after a ground-breaking ceremony on 5 August. According to media reports, the ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Three-day long Vedic rituals will be held ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony, which will revolve around the installation of a 40 kg silver brick as the foundation stone by the Prime Minister.
On the occasion of the Bhoomi-Pooja, soil and holy-water from several religious places across India, Triveni Sangam of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati at Prayagraj, Kaveri river at Talakaveri, Kamakhya Temple in Assam and many others, were collected. Soil was also sent from various Hindu temples, Gurudwaras and Jain Temples across the nation to bless the upcoming temple. Among the many was Sharada Peeth located in Pakistan. Soil was also sent form the four pilgrimage locations of Char Dham. Temples in United States, Canada and Caribbean Islands will hold a virtual service to celebrate the occasion. Plans to show Lord Ram's image at Times Square have also been made. All 7000 temples in a 7 km radius of Hanumangarhi have also been asked to join in the celebrations by lighting diyas. Muslims devotees in Ayodhya who consider Lord Ram as their ancestor also look forward to the bhoomi-puja. Spiritual leaders from all faiths will be invited on the occasion.
Ramlalla's dress will be stitched by tailors Bhagwat Prasad and Shankar Lal; Shankar Lal's is a fourth generation tailor to Lord Ram's idol.
The original design for the Ram temple was prepared in 1988 by the Sompura family of Ahmedabad. The Sompuras have been part of the temple design of over 100 temples all over the world for at least 15 generations. A new design for Ram temple, with some changes from the original design, was prepared by the Sompuras in 2020.
The temple will be 235 feet wide, 360 feet long and 161 feet high. The chief architect of the temple is Chandrakant Sompura along with his two sons Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura, who are also architects. The Sompura family have designed the Ram temple following 'Nagara' style architecture, one of the types of Indian temple architecture.
The temple complex will have a prayer hall, "a Ramkatha Kunj (lecture hall), a Vaidik Pathshala (educational facility), a Sant Niwas (saints residence) and a Yatri Niwas (hostel for visitors)" and other facilities like a museum and a cafeteria. Once complete the temple complex will be the world's third largest Hindu shrine. A model of the proposed temple was showcased during the Prayag Kumbh Mela in 2019.
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust began the first phase of construction of the Ram Temple in March 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India followed by the 2020 China–India skirmishes caused a temporary suspension of the construction. During ground-leveling and excavation of the construction site a Shivaling, pillars and broken idols were found. On 25 March 2020 Lord Ram's idol was moved to a temporary location in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
In preparation for its construction, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad organised a Vijay Mahamantra Jaap Anushthan, in which individuals would gather at different places to chant the Vijay Mahamantra, Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram, on 6 April 2020. This was said to ensure "victory over hurdles" in the construction of the temple.