PM Modi gets emotional after Ayodhya temple consecration, says ‘Our Ram has arrived’

During the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Ram Lalla, the deity, would no longer reside in a tent.

| Updated: 22 January, 2024 4:58 pm IST

NEW DELHI: During the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Ram Lalla, the deity, would no longer reside in a tent. This significant announcement came after the consecration of the new idol at the Ayodhya temple, marking a historic and sacred transition from a temporary dwelling to a permanent place of worship for Lord Ram.

While speaking after the ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony at the Ayodhya temple, Modi expressed the joy of Lord Ram’s arrival, emphasising the centuries-long wait and sacrifices made by the people for this significant moment.

Apologising to Lord Ram, Modi expressed remorse, stating, “Our efforts, sacrifices, and penance may have had shortcomings over the centuries that prevented us from accomplishing this task. Today, however, the work has been fulfilled, and I have faith that Lord Ram will forgive us.

“I am strongly convinced and have profound faith that today, followers of Lord Ram are fully immersed in this historic occasion. Devotees of Lord Ram, spanning every corner of the country and the world, are profoundly experiencing this. This moment holds divine significance, marking the utmost holiness.”

For the unversed, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, UP Governor Anandiben Patel, and CM Yogi Adityanath joined PM Modi in the ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Lalla inside the newly built temple in Ayodhya on Monday.

Following the conclusion of the ‘pran pratishtha’ rituals, Modi, Adityanath, and Patel performed ‘parikrama’ at the sanctum sanctorum of Ram Mandir. Modi declared, “January 22, 2024, marks not just a date but the dawn of a new era. The construction of Ram Mandir has infused people with newfound energy.”

During the ceremony, Modi expressed that the nation has liberated itself from the chains of oppression. He emphasised the enduring significance of this date, stating that even after thousands of years, it will be remembered as a moment blessed by Lord Ram and that Ram resides in the soul of every Indian, and the entire country is celebrating Diwali today.

Modi extended his gratitude to the Supreme Court, acknowledging its pivotal role in clearing the path for the temple’s construction with the landmark verdict on November 9, 2019.

“Ram’s existence faced questioning. I extend my gratitude to the Supreme Court for upholding justice, ensuring the temple’s construction adheres to the law,” Modi emphasised.

Bhagwat noted that with the consecration of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, has regained its self-pride. “Today’s programme symbolises a new India that will rise and bring solace to the world in times of adversity,” he remarked.

During the rituals for the 51-inch tall black stone Ram Lalla, traditional clarinets played devotional music, with politicians, businessmen, sports, and media figures, along with millions across the nation, witnessing the event. Saffron-clad individuals danced in the streets, waving flags and chanting religious slogans.

Mewaram Prajapati, who travelled from Gujarat, expressed, “This is a profoundly proud moment for all Hindus.”

The construction of the Ram temple fulfills a crucial 35-year-old commitment by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), marking a contentious political matter that played a pivotal role in the party’s ascent to prominence and governance.

The temple site had long been a source of bitter contention between Hindus and Muslims, sparking nationwide riots in 1992 when karsevaks demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid that had occupied the location, resulting in the tragic loss of 2,000 lives.

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