The construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is likely to be completed before 2024 general elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday performed the bhumi pujan of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, bringing to fruition the BJP’s mandir movement that defined its politics for three decades and took it to the heights of power. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were among those who attended the event at the site where a large number of devout Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.
Slogans of Bharat Mataki Jai and Har Har Mahadev went up as the ritual ended and the prime minister laid the foundation of the temple.
The ceremony marks culmination of a nearly five centuries long battle for a temple at the place where Lord Ram was believed to be born in the Treta Yug.
Political leaders cutting across party lines have welcomed the Ram Mandir bhumi pujan and hoped that the Ram Mandir will bring prosperity, unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony.
Here’s what politicians have said on Ram Mandir bhumi pujan:
LK Advani, BJP leader: Sometimes significant dreams in one’s life take a long time to fruition, but when they are finally realised, the wait becomes very worthwhile. One such dream, close to my heart is now getting fulfilled. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal: Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity, and we must preserve this to our last breath!
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress leader: “Lord Ram belongs to everybody. Lord Ram wants everybody’s welfare. That is why he is called ‘Maryada Purshottam’,” she said. Hope this event becomes a marker of national unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony in accordance with the message of Lord Ram and with his blessings, the Congress leader added. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Manish Tewari, Congress leader: Many congratulations to the fellow citizens and devotees for the Ram Mandir bhumi pujan. Tewari also quoted the famous bhajan ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram..’ in a tweet. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Mayawati, former CM of Uttar Pradesh: Due to the SC verdict, the foundation of Ram temple is being laid and a lot of its credit goes to the SC. BSP from the beginning said that it would accept the SC decision. It should be accepted by all. This is the advice of BSP.
Hardik Patel, Gujarat Congress working president: Lord Shri Ram’s temple is coming up in Ayodhya. Me and my family have faith in God and that is why we have decided to donate Rs 21,000 for the construction of Ram temple. I hope that the temple would usher in ‘Ram Rajya’ in India and Gujarat.
Manmohan Vaidya, RSS leader: The Ram Mandir will guide the humanity how to live together in harmony, peace and prosperity in this ethnic, religious, cultural diverse world. The country’s first president (Dr Rajendra Prasad) had stated that the construction of Somnath temple would be deemed complete only when as a nation India acquires those high level of cultural values in social and national life and the economic prosperity which it once had. Same thing applies here with Ram Mandir. Besides being a holy shrine, it will become epitome of cultural values and economic prosperity.
Akhilesh Yadav, former CM of UP: Jai Mahadev Jai Siya-Ram, Jai Radeh-Krishna, Jai Hanuman. Let all be filled with Lord Shiva’s welfare, Shri Ram’s ‘abhayatva’ (fearlessness) and Shir Krishna’s ‘unmukt bhav’ (unfettered gesture). I hope the present and future generations with true heart will follow ‘maryada’ (dignity) of Lord Ram for welfare and peace of all according to the path showed by Him.
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister: May we continue to receive Lord Ram’s blessings. May his blessings also help the country get rid of poverty, starvation and poverty and India emerges as the world’s most powerful country and guide the world in the coming times. Jai Shri Ram. Jai Bajrang Bali.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP leader: Today is a historic day and we can all feel the joy of this moment. The grand Ram temple is also the temple of the country. It is also a celebration of India’s pride, self respect and our spiritual inheritance.
Randeep Surjewala, Congress spokesperson: We hope the ideals of sacrifice, duty, compassion, generosity, unity, fraternity, harmony and courtesy preached by Lord Ram will become the guiding force for the country.
Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief Minister: Lord Ram holds a unique place in our culture & civilization. His life teaches us the importance of truth, justice, equality of all, compassion & brotherhood. We need to focus on establishing an egalitarian society based on the values espoused by Lord Ram.
Suresh Prabhu, BJP leader: It as a glorious moment in India’s history. We all are lucky to witness this moment.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader: Lord Ram epitomises justice for all, righteous conduct, fairness and firmness in all dealings, moral rectitude and courage. These values are much needed in such dark times. If they spread throughout the land, Ram Rajya would not be an occasion for triumphalist bigotry. Jai Shri Ram.
According to architect Chandrakant Sompura, who has played a pivotal role in designing of the Ram Mandir, the temple will be almost double the size of what was originally planned as its design was modified following the Supreme Court verdict last year. The temple will be constructed in Nagara style of architecture. It will have five domes instead of two as envisaged earlier to accommodate more number of devotees.
The temple is likely to be completed in the next three years.