Today PM Narendra Modi successfully laid the foundation of Ram temple at Ayodhya in a “Bhoomi Poojan” ceremony. The leader of the world’s largest secular democracy laid a 40kg silver brick in a ceremony attended by mostly religious leaders.”It is an emotional moment for India”. PM further added that a century-long wait ended as Lord Ram’s birthplace was liberated.
“ A grand temple will now be built for Lord Ram who had been living under a tent for many years”, he said. It was his first visit to the town of Ayodhya in 29 years as he vowed to return only when a Ram temple was built. This day marks a remarkable moment for one of the longest-running poll promises in the history of Indian politics.
“Just like all communities and sections across India came together for the fight of Independence before 1947, today we see that everyone has come together to celebrate this day in togetherness and Harmony,” said PM Modi.
Dressed in gold silk kurta and dhoti he first offered prayers at the Hanumangarhi temple and then at Ramjanmabhoomi ( birthplace of Lord Ram). After this, he proceeded to the ceremony of “Bhoomi Pujan”. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uma Bharti were also present at the event. Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the temple-mosque dispute case was the first person to be invited.
Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra’s trust sent last-minute invites to veteran BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. L.K Advani who led the movement for Ram temple in the 1990s watched through a video conference because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The campaign marked BJP’s rise to India’s national politics. On 6th December 1992, Babri masjid was demolished by a group of Kar Sevaks and activists who believed the temple was built on remains of Lord Ram’s birthplace. Riots ensued killing more than 2000 people in different parts of the country. Politicization and communalisation of the incident changed the face of Indian politics or decades to come. A five-judge constitutional bench pronounced a unanimous verdict paving the way for construction of Ram temple in a 450-year-old land dispute case.