India restores its historic pride as “Maryada Purushottam” returns to his town gloriously (post his 2nd exile)

Courtesy: India TV

As the entire world today set its eyes on India to witness the historic day ahead of the foundation stone-laying grand ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya in north India (the original Ram Nagri), the Indians immersed themselves in the prideful moment after a 492-year long wait and rigorous struggle. For Hindu devotees especially, the Ram Temple is not only symbolic of India’s glorious past and is a strong sentiment but is also a pride of its ancient civilization.

To celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony of RamTemple in Ayodhya, the members of the Indian community in Washington DC too gathered outside the Capitol hill.

The “Maryada Purushottam” Lord Ram, who is supreme in honor, righteous in his practice leads the path of ‘Dharma’ thus giving away the universal message of righteousness to one and all. The ‘Ram Mandir in Ram Nagri’ as an epitome of the country’s spiritual & cultural values will keep enlightening not only Indians but the whole world and that is the influence of Ram and his ideologies on the lives of millions.

With the historic foundation laying of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, a grand temple will now be built for “Ram Lalla” (the infant Ram) who had been living under a tent for many years. It has been the ultimate desire and dream of every Indian which will now be fulfilled by establishing the idol of Lord Ram at the holy site Ayodhya.

The much-awaited ceremony marking the beginning of Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya amid chants in Sanskrit, mesmerizing shlokas and bhajans painted the town bright with shades of reds and yellows marking a new chapter in history on the historic day of 5th Aug 2020. Also, it was after 29 yrs that PM Narendra Modi arrived in Ayodhya and offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodhya ahead of ‘BhoomiPujan’ of Ram Temple. As part of 15-min rituals to formally mark the start of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, he performed ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ and planted a ‘Parijat’tree there (a divine plant). He also released a commemorative postal stamp on the Ram Temple.

However, amid prevalent coronavirus threat, special provisions were made for the safety of PM Modi from the COVID19, with heavy security of a force of 150 policemen forming the inner cordon of his protection. Also present for the event were other VIPs including Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat along with 175 guests who took part in ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ event at RamJanambhoomi site in Ayodhya.

It’s the same Ayodhya that made it to Guinness Book of World Records when a total of 3,01,152 diyas were lit up simultaneously for 5 mins on the Diwali festival 2018. The event was presided over by state CM Yogi Adityanath and was also witnessed by South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook. (Courtesy: The Financial Express)

It was in March this year, ‘Ram Lalla’(Infant Ram) idol was shifted to a temporary structure near Manas Bhawan in RamJanmabhoomi premises, till completion of the construction of Ram Temple. It was after the Supreme Court resolving the years old Ayodhya dispute declared in its final verdict last year, that the holy site of Ayodhya should be given to Hindus to rebuild Ram temple there, and the Muslims got double the land of it to construct Babri Masjid.

Being a secular country, India is home to countless mosques and temples but there have been unfortunate times when temples in India were remorselessly demolished under Mughal Empire and later by Pakistan backed Islamist terrorism. In Kashmir alone, around 208temples were destructed in the last two decades. Demolition of Ram Temple in Ayodhya was one such dreadful event in ancient history when during 1528–29 Mughal emperor Babur ordered to destruct the holy site to construct Babri Mosque there. In almost half-a-millennium since then, the Ayodhya dispute went through many twists and turns before the top court of India resolved the dispute with its final verdict and the faith of civilization found its destination with their ideal Ram returning to his throne.

As is well said by PM Modi today, “Ram illuminates every heart. And the moment is an emotional one for the entire country as a long wait ends today.”

Here’s a sand art portraying Lord Ram on Puri Beach in Orissa (Sand artist: Sudarshan Pattnaik)

“Jai Shri Ram”

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