Ayodhya will be lit up to mark construction of temple: UP CM Yogi
Adityanath, who was in Ayodhya to review preparations for the ceremony, said the Hindu community has been waiting for a long time for the event on August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to lay the temple’s foundation stone.Updated: Jul 26, 2020 04:21 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said the ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5 has come after a wait of 500 years and will be celebrated on the lines of Deepawali. He said temples and houses across the country will be lit up with diyas (earthen lamps) and candles to mark the occasion — much like Deepawali which, in some parts of the country, is celebrated to mark Lord Ram’s return home to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile.
Adityanath, who was in Ayodhya to review preparations for the ceremony, said the Hindu community has been waiting for a long time for the event on August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to lay the temple’s foundation stone.
He added that 11,000 diyas will be lit at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. “The Prime Minister will visit Ayodhya. We will make Ayodhya the pride of India and the world. Cleanliness should be the first condition,” news agency ANI quoted Adityanath as saying. “We all will be coming together for an auspicious event. There will be deepotsava (festival of lights) in all houses and temples on the nights of August 4 and 5. Deepawali is associated with Ayodhya and it cannot even be imagined without Ayodhya.”
The Supreme Court paved the way for the temple’s construction last year when it ordered that a temple be built on the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.
Adityanath met members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, which is overseeing the preparations for the ceremony. He visited Ram Janmabhoomi and paid obeisance to its presiding deity, Ram Lalla, at a makeshift temple.
Champat Rai, the trust’s general secretary, briefed Adityanath about the preparations for the ceremony and the carved stone slabs being prepared for the temple. Carving of pillars and stones for the temple has been going on for years and the work is likely to gather pace in the run-up to August 5. The pre-construction activity for the temple began on May 11. Around 200 people are likely to be invited to the event.
The CM requested the saints to attend the ceremony only after they get invites from the trust and urged them against bringing any additional persons.