LUCKNOW: Even before the construction of the Ram temple could begin, donations have started pouring in. In fact, as on date, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra has a kitty of about Rs 41 crore. This does not include the donation made by religious leaders, including Swami Chiddanand Saraswati of the Parmarth Niketan, Swami Avdeshanand Giri of the Juna Akhada and Baba Ram Dev and other dignitaries who arrived on Wednesday. “The total donation to the trust stood at Rs 30 crore when the logbook was last seen on Tuesday. Another Rs 11 crore was donated by Morari Babu which makes it about Rs 41 crore. However, the amount doesn’t include other donations made on Wednesday,” said Swami Govind Dev
VARANASI: People in PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi organised various religious events to celebrate the occasion of the bhoomi pujan ceremony for the Ram mandir in Ayodhya, in which the PM participated, on Wednesday. Many people lit earthen lamps and distributed sweets while a group of Muslim women performed aartis, chanted the Ram Dhun, sang in his praise and lit earthen diyas. The group of Muslim women, who have been performing “Shri Ram aarti” on auspicious occasions for the past 14 years, organised a special fest at Subhash Bhavan in Lamahi village on Wednesday to celebrate the occasion. The entire building was decorated with Hanuman dhwaja, earthen lamps and images of the deities. They also placed soil from Ram
A heavy security cordon was thrown around Ayodhya for PM Modi’s visit, with over 300 policemen, all Covid-negative, deployed for his security. Of them, 150 policemen formed the inner cordon of the PM’s security. All roads leading to Ayodhya were sealed. As the Ram Janmabhoomi premises is situated in a populated area, SPG commandos and sharpshooters took up positions at all houses and on the roofs of nearby temples. Ayodhya DIG Deepak Kumar said even the borders with Nepal in neighbouring districts were sealed.
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah called the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony for construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya a “historic and proud day” for India which marks the beginning of a new era, and said the government is committed to preserve Indian culture and values. Shah, who is under treatment for Covid-19, took to Twitter to hail the ground-breaking ceremony. He said construction of the temple has become possible because of the decisive leadership of PM Modi. In another tweet, Shah said, “Construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya has been a symbol of the faith of Hindus around the world for centuries. By performing bhoomi pujan PM Modi and Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra have honoured the faith of
NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu watched the live telecast of 'Bhoomi Pujan' of Ram Temple on Wednesday and offered prayers with his family at his residence. He along with his family recited Ramayana at the Vice President's residence. "On the auspicious occasion of Bhoomi-pujan for the reconstruction of the grand Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and his wife Smt Usha Naidu and their personal staff recited Ramayana at the Vice President's residence. #RamMandir," read a tweet from the Vice President of India. अयोध्या में राम जन्म भूमि पर भव्य राम मंदिर के पुनर्निर्माण हेतु भूमि-पूजन के शुभ अवसर पर, उपराष्ट्रपति श्री एम वें… https://t.co/7Gs5TqG8r2— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) 1596609668000Naidu
NEW DELHI: Terming the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya as a "historic and proud day" for India, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said it heralds the beginning of a new era. He said by starting the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a golden chapter in the history of the great Indian civilisation, and asserted that the government remains committed to the preservation of Indian culture and its values. "Today is a historic and proud day for India. The consecration of the grand Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lord Ram's birthplace has written a golden chapter in the history of great Indian culture and civilisation and
AYODHYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the temple town of Ayodhya on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple. Wearing traditional dhoti-kurta, the Prime Minister deboarded an Air Force helicopter which flew him to Ayodhya from Lucknow. He was welcomed at the Saket helipad by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, among others. The ground-breaking ceremony by Prime Minister Modi for the temple's construction, in the presence of Hindutva movement leaders, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, is being held on a day which coincides with the first anniversary of the annulment of Article 370, a key ideological plank for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Prior to the function, the Prime Minister will take part in 'pooja' and 'darshan'
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning left for Ayodhya where he will lay the foundation stone of Ram temple. The Prime Minister's office shared a picture of PM Modi boarding an Air Force plane. He was dressed in traditional dhoti-kurta. "PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya," the PMO tweeted. A helicopter would fly him to Ayodhya from Lucknow. Prior to the function, the Prime Minister will take part in 'pooja' and 'darshan' at Hanumangarhi, a statement by the PMO said on Tuesday. From Hanumangarhi, the Prime Minister will travel to 'Shree Ram Janmabhoomi' where he will take part in pooja and darshan of 'Bhagwan Shree Ramlala Virajman'. He will also plant a Parijat (Indian night jasmine) sapling.
AYODHYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be gifted a headgear, a silver crown and a stole with the name of Lord Ram printed on it, said Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Ji Maharaj, head priest of Hanumangarhi temple said on Wednesday. "We also hope that Prime Minister Modi rings the 3.5 quintal bell and proceed towards Ram Janmabhoomi," he added. The head priest of the temple further said: "Prime Minister Modi is coming and it is a matter of pride for Ayodhya. Many Prime Ministers took office but none apart from Prime Minister Modi came for laying the foundation stone for Ram temple." After offering prayers at Hanumangarhi temple, Prime Minister Modi will offer prayers to 'Ram Lalla' at Ram Janmabhoomi today.
AYODHYA: In 1990, Purnima Kothari’s brothers, Ram (22) and Sharad (18), headed towards Ayodhya from their Kolkata home as kar sewaks to participate in the Ram mandir movement and promised to return before their sister’s wedding later that year. They did not return as they died in police firing in the temple town. For Purnima, who is in Ayodhya to witness the bhoomi pujan, the visit spells closure. “After their death, I would visit Ayodhya every year on Kartik Purnima. Once our father passed away in 2002, the annual visits stopped. ... In 2015, which was my brothers’ 25th death anniversary, I tried to organise a programme in Ayodhya, but the Akhilesh Yadav government did not allow me,” she said.
NEW DELHI: World famous Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal will be conducting a special Rudrabhishek and puja for the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya for which the ground breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 5. Pashupatinath Temple trust member Samhita Shastri Arjun Prasad Bastola said that preparations are being made in Pashupatinath Temple under the leadership of the original priest Mool Bhatt. "Lord Rudra will be prayed through special Rudrabhishek and Shodashopachara Puja for the construction of the grand temple of Lord Shri Rama," read the trust's statement released Tuesday.
AHMEDABAD: Seven religious leaders from Gujarat have been invited for the ground-breaking ceremony for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, a VHP spokesperson said on Tuesday. Five of them took a Lucknow-bound flight from here on Monday and have already reached Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh for the event to be held on Wednesday, he said. They were greeted at the Ahmedabad airport by local VHP leaders, he said. Those who have been invited are - Avichaldasji Maharaj of Sarsa Gurugadi in Anand district, Swami Parmatmanandji Maharaj of Rajkot, Acharya Krishnamani Maharaj of Pranami Sampraday, Shambhunath Tundiya of Sant Savaiyanath Dham in Ahmedabad, Madhavpriyadasji Swami of Chharodi Gurukul, Mahant Swamiji of BAPS Swaminarayan sect and Akhileshwar Dasji Maharaj of the Vishwa Hindu
AYODHYA: The Hanumangarhi temple is being sanitised ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on August 5 for the 'bhoomi pujan' of Ram temple. PM Modi will initiate a religious ceremony by performing puja at Hanumangarhi temple. It is believed that "without Lord Hanuman, no work of Lord Ram can begin". While speaking to ANI, Raju Das, a priest at the Hanumangarhi Temple, said PM Modi would first visit this temple and offer his prayers, after which he would leave for 'bhoomi pujan' at Ram Janambhoomi. "PM Modi will first visit the Hanuman Garhi temple for prayers and then he will go to Ram Janmabhoomi for laying the foundation stone for Ram temple, so preparations (including sanitisation) are underway for
NEW DELHI: The decades-long movement for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya may have been marked by political and, at times, social discord, but the beginning of its construction from August 5 will foster in society "brotherhood and harmony", the values associated with Lord Ram, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust member Kameshwar Chaupal said on Sunday. The trust, formed by the central government following the Supreme Court's ruling in November last in favour of building the temple at the site, has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple on August 5. "This will also be a foundation stone of Ram Rajya in the country. Ram's life encapsulates the values of social harmony
NEW DELHI: Architect of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and its chief protagonist who led the first political rathyatra in the country for it, BJP veteran L K Advani has not been invited for the grand function at Ayodhya on August 5, to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for a Ram temple at the site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the programme. Advani has not got any invitation from any quarters, till Saturday, with just four days to go for the function, according to sources close to the 92-year old leader who catapulted his party’s fortunes with the Ram rathyatra in 1990. While there has not even been any informal word from any quarters in the party or the government
LUCKNOW: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader Kalyan Singh said that he is proud of the fact that he, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, did not order firing on kar sewaks who had assembled in Ayodhya in 1992. "In 1992 when I was the chief minister, I had ordered that kar sewaks who had assembled in Ayodhya should not be fired at. The district administration of Ayodhya had written to me that four battalions of central forces were stranded near Saket College as the kar sewaks had assembled there," Singh told ANI. "In the light of the situation that had developed in Ayodhya, I had then ordered in writing that firing should not be done at
LUCKNOW: UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday appealed to people to avoid assembling in Ayodhya in large numbers on August 5, when PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram temple. This comes a day after a priest at the Ram Janmabhoomi temple and 14 security personnel in Ayodhya tested positive for Covid-19. Urging people to watch the live telecast of programme on TV, Yogi asked them to light diyas in nearby temples and recite Ramayan on August 4 and 5.
NEW DELHI: Central forces deployed at Ram Temple site in Ayodhya have an additional task — to protect over a quintal of precious metals, including hundreds of gold/silver bars and bricks. Ever since SC paved the way for construction of Ram Temple, devotees have been sending gold and silver including ornaments, bricks and bars for use in the construction of the temple, work for which will be launched by PM Modi with the ground-breaking ceremony on August 5. Clueless about how to use gold and silver and concerned about their safety, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the trust looking after temple construction, made an appeal, urging devotees to stop sending gold and silver and instead contribute money. General secretary of
AYODHYA: A time capsule containing the history of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement is to be placed beneath site of the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. “The capsule will be lowered 200 feet below the surface to ensure that there are no disputes in future,” Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust member Kameshwar Chaupal said on Monday. “The time capsule will be buried along with the foundation of the Ram mandir,” Chaupal told TOI, adding “200 feet is the depth of the foundation”. “It will also contain the complete history of Ayodhya and detailed life of Lord Rama written in Sanskrit on ‘tamra patras’ (copper plates)’,” Chaupal told TOI. When asked why the plates would be inscribed in only Sanskrit,
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5, according to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the president of the temple trust. The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will begin after the ceremony to lay the foundation stone( bhoomi pujan ) in which chief ministers of many states, ministers from the union cabinet and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat are also likely to participate. The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, set up in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict, held its second meeting last week. In March this year, the 'Ram Lalla' idol was shifted to a temporary structure near Manas Bhawan in Ram Janmabhoomi
MUMBAI:Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday claimed his party "laid the road" to the Ram temple in Ayodhya and removed the main roadblocks in the run up to the temple's construction "not for politics", but out of faith and for the cause of Hindutva. Talking to reporters, Raut said Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray always visits Ayodhya and the ties between the party and the Uttar Pradesh town are "intact". Raut made the remarks when he was asked whether Thackeray will visit Ayodhya on August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the town for the bhoomi pujan ceremony to begin the construction of a grand Ram temple. "Uddhav Thackeray always goes
SEHORE: Reacting on NCP chief Sharad Pawar's statement that some people think coronavirus can be eradicated by building a temple, BJP leader Uma Bharti on Monday said that this statement is against Lord Ram, not against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "PM Modi never takes a day off, he sleeps for only four hours. This statement is against Lord Ram, not against PM Modi," Uma Bharti told media. Recently, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that some people think that the coronavirus would be eradicated by building a temple. The NCP leader's comment comes after the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust proposed two dates in August for laying the foundation stone of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed as “frivolous” two PILs seeking preservation of artefacts recovered from the Ram Janmabhoomi site at Ayodhya. The top court also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh each on the two petitioners and asked them to pay it within one month. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishan Murari said that a five-judge bench has already given its verdict and this is an attempt through PIL to overreach the judgement. The counsel appearing for the petitioners said the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust has also accepted that there are many artefacts in the area that need protection. The bench sought to know as to why the petitioners have come before the
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ayodhya in the first week of August for the Bhoomi pujan for the construction of the Ram Temple at his birthplace. Entrusted to supervise the construction work, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, on Saturday finalized the schedule for construction of the Temple, which will start either on August 3 or August 5. The Trust has invited the Prime Minister for the occasion and the final date will be announced as per the confirmation from the Prime Minister’s office. The decision was taken in a meeting of trust members in Ayodhya on Saturday afternoon in presence of Nripendra Mishra, the retired principal secretary to PM Modi, who holds important portfolio in the
AYODHYA: The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya either on August 3 or 5, both auspicious dates, said a spokesperson. PM Modi had announced the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust on February 5. Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, the spokesperson of Ram Mandir Trust president, Nritya Gopal Das said, "We have suggested two auspicious dates - August 3 and 5 - for the Prime Minister's visit based on calculations of movements of stars and planets." After a protracted legal tussle, the Supreme Court had on November 9 last year paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple
AYODHYA: Activists and leaders of parents' groups were stopped from submitting a memorandum to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here against payment of school fees for the lockdown period, ahead of his planned visit to Ayodhya on Sunday. Manish Pandey, Hindu Mahasabha district president, Nawab Singh, president of the district parents' committee, Dharam Sena president Santosh Dubey and local Congress leader Sharad Shukla were among those detained at their homes, police said. Ayodhya Deputy Superintendent of Police Arvind Chaurasia told PTI that these people were confined to their houses. The activists had planned to submit a memorandum to the chief minister, demanding that school fees for the lockdown period be waived. "We wanted to submit a memorandum to the chief minister to request