Ahead of the bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram mandir in Ayodhya, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted an image of the original Constitution document, stating that it features a sketch depicting the return of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan. “Original document of the Constitution of India has a beautiful sketch of Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Laxman returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan,” he wrote. “This is available at the beginning of the chapter related to Fundamental Rights. Felt like sharing this with you all,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi has left for Ayodhya, with his arrival expected around 11:30am.
Tight security measures are in place. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued an appeal, asking only those invited for Wednesday’s ceremony to come to Ayodhya. Among the 175 invited for the main ceremony are 135 sants belonging to numerous spiritual traditions. On the dais, there will be just five people—Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and CM Adityanath.
Concerned over the spread of coronavirus, the authorities are encouraging others not to come to the temple town, asking them to mark the occasion by celebrating at their homes. The groundbreaking ceremony will be telecast live. On Tuesday, security checks on vehicles heading to Ayodhya had begun from adjoining Barabanki district on the Lucknow-Ayodhya road. According to reports, policemen have been taking down details, including mobile numbers, of the travellers.
The markets and shops will remain open, but with strict adherence to the coronavirus protocol. Outsiders will be stopped from entering the city, but Ayodhya residents will be allowed in if they produce any identification document. The city’s temples and mosques will remain open, but no other religious event except for the bhoomi pujan will take place on Wednesday.
The August 5 ceremony will mark the beginning of the Ram temple construction. A decades-long title suit over the site at Ayodhya was settled by Supreme Court last year.