A historic moment for India, the time has come when the deity of Lord Rama, who has been living in tents for years, will finally get a temple, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he laid the foundation stone for the ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, August 5.
“Today, the Ram Janmabhoomi has become free from the centuries-old chain of destruction and resurrection. India is witnessing a golden historic moment with the blessings of the mighty Lord Bhaskara on the banks of the auspicious river Saryu,” he said.
Stating that the whole country was ecstatic and each heart illuminated, Modi said “entire country is emotional and overwhelmed to be a part of history and witness this long awaited historic moment,” he said.
Referring to August 15 as the embodiment of sacrifices of the lakhs of people and a deep yearning for independence, the Prime Minister said that August 5 was also a similar occasion.”Similarly, several generations have made self-less sacrifices for several centuries for the construction of the Ram Temple. Today marks the culmination of that centuries-old penance, sacrifices and resolve. There was sacrifice, dedication and resolve during the movement for the construction of the Ram Temple and that dream is being realized today because of their sacrifices and struggle,” he said.
He also stated that Ram Temple would be the modern symbol of India’s culture. “I am intentionally using the word ‘modern’. It will symbolise our eternal hope. It will epitomise our national feeling. This temple will be the emblem of collective will power of millions of people. This shrine would inspire hope, devotion and determination in the minds of future generation,” Modi said.
He said that the historical moment would be recounted across the globe for ages and brings laurels to the country. He mentioned that the day was the proof of the honesty of the millions of determined devotees of Shree Ram. “This day is a unique gift from the law abiding India to truth, non-violence, faith and sacrifice,” the Prime minister said. This devotion of India and the unity of the people of India and this great strength of the Unity of India is something that the world needs to study& analyse, he added.
Before the ceremony, Modi visited Hanuman Garhi temple where he performed aarti of Lord Hanuman.
Modi has come to Ayodhya after a gap of 29 years. In his 1991 visit to the city, Modi had said that would visit the city only when the Ram temple construction begins.