UP CM Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya, reviews preparations for Ram Mandir ‘Bhoomi Pujan’

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday visited Ayodhya and placed the idols of Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan on the new ‘asans’ at the Ram Janmabhoomi temple site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ayodhya on August 5 to attend the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony of Ram Mandir, confirmed CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday.

Celebrations will light up each home and temple on the nights of August 4 and 5, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath guaranteed on Saturday, as he visited Ayodhya, 10 days before the scheduled grand groundbreaking ceremony for the development of the Ram Temple.

Earlier in the day, Yogi Adityanath came to Ayodhya to consider arrangements & met with officials and religious leaders in front of the establishment laying service of the Ram Temple.

“There will be ‘deepotsava’ in all houses and temples on the nights of 4th and 5th August,” he said at the meeting attended by the Ayodhya MP, MLAs, members of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust and local administration.

The groundbreaking ceremony or “bhoomi poojan” will be held inside the Ram Janmabhoomi complex and a total of 150 to 200 people are likely to attend, with social distancing norms in the times of the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm in charge of the temple design has said the height of the temple is being increased by at least 20 feet – to make it 161-foot tall – as compared to the original design which was prepared in 1988 and mentioned its height as 141 feet. Two mandaps or pavilions have also been added to the design, the temple architect said.

After the groundbreaking ceremony, it is expected that construction of the temple will take at least three years. Three-day long Vedic rituals will be held ahead of the grand August 5 ceremony, which will revolve around the installation of a 40 kg silver brick as the foundation stone by the Prime Minister.

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