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Ayodhya Ram Mandir Live Updates: Foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple 'emotional moment for me', says L K Advani

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Live Updates: Foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple 'emotional moment for me', says L K Advani
A couple takes a selfie in front of a decorated gate of Ayodhya city ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony of the temple (AP)

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan Live Updates: Senior BJP leader L K Advani Tuesday said foundation stone laying of Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “historical and emotional day not only for me but for all Indians”, PTI reported. Advani, who played a key role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, also said that destiny made him perform pivotal duty in the form of Ram Rath Yatra in 1990.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, followed by the release of a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’, the PMO said in a statement. PM Modi is among the 175 people who will be present at the ceremony. He will share the dais with just four other people — RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and CM Yogi Adityanath.

Ahead of the Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya, scheduled for tomorrow, preparations are underway in full swing. The city has been painted yellow – an auspicious colour of knowledge and learning. Wednesday’s ceremony will be broadcast live by Doordarshan.

Amid the pandemic, barricades have been put up across the town, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issuing an appeal, asking only those invited for Wednesday’s “bhoomi pujan” ceremony to come to Ayodhya. In keeping with Covid-19 norms, seating arrangements have been made in a way that all invitees will sit at a distance of six feet.

According to the Trust’s general secretary, Champat Rai, the invitees include 135 religious leaders from 36 spiritual traditions across the country. Rai said although the main programme will take place on Wednesday, prayers and worship had begun 108 days ago—on April 18—with regular recitation of the Vedas, Vastu, Grah, Nakshatra shanti path, Shri Ram naam paath, Hanuman naam paath and havan.