Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday the construction of Ram temple will not only add to Ayodhya’s grandeur but will also change the entire economy of the region after laying the foundation stone in accordance with the ‘muhurat’ or auspicious time.
The ceremony was performed by priests chanting Sanskrit shlokas under a giant marquee decorated in shades of reds and yellows as Modi and other dignitaries, all in masks, maintained social distancing.
Bhajans and shlokas’ were heard as the town, festooned with marigold flowers and yellow and saffron flags, celebrated the beginning of the construction of a grand Ram temple. Roads leading to Ayodhya were adorned with hoardings of the proposed temple and of Ram Lalla, the infant Ram, the deity now housed in a makeshift temple. Most shops were painted in bright yellow
“Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country… A long wait ends today… A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been living under a tent for many years,” Prime Minister Modi said at foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple.