‘Jai Shree Ram’ chants reverberated Ayodhya which is now all decked up for the historic groundbreaking ceremony. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is returning to Ayodhya after 29 years, security is beefed up in the city, what many believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
Police barricades, rangolis with flowers, banners, houses illuminating with lightings and diyas were the scenes at every corner of Ayodhya reminding of Diwali.
While the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in the afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay a 40 kg silver brick to mark the symbolic start of a grand temple. He will also plant a Parijat (Indian night jasmine) sapling before starting the Pooja.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust which is formed to facilitate construction of a Ram temple stated that they have limited the invitees’ list to 175 in the view of the pandemic. While everyone anticipated the list to have BJP leaders and other politicians, 135 invitees among the list are sadhus representing various spiritual organisations from across the country.
It was learnt that only will be at the Pooja ceremony along with the Prime Minister. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust president Nritya Gopal Das Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Adityanath were among the list of five who would perform pujan.
BJP senior leaders LK Advani and senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi will participate in the event via video conference.