Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath placed the carved stone of the ‘Garbha Griha’ and poured cement on the stone during the foundation stone laying ceremony at the Ram Mandir complex in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and saints and Mahants of 90 Maths as well as temples associated with the Ram Mandir movement were present at the ceremony.
During the foundation stone laying ceremony, the Chief Minister first placed carved stone of the ‘Garbha Griha’. He also poured cement on the stone during the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Adityanath also felicitated the engineers of the Ram Temple construction with ‘Anga Vastras.’
Adityanath also participated in a ‘Shila Pujan‘ ceremony for the construction of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. According to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, in charge of the construction of the temple, the sanctum sanctorum is expected to be completed by December 2023.
Talking to media, the CM said ‘The construction work of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi almost two years ago. The work is successfully proceeding and we are fortunate that the ritual of keeping the stones in the Garbhagriha has been initiated today.’
On 5 August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the construction of the temple complex in Ayodhya and since then the construction work has been proceeding at a fast pace.
The chief minister further said that the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be the national temple of India. ‘People have been waiting for this day since a long time. Ram Mandir will be a symbol of India’s unity,’ he said.
The Uttar Pradesh CM also inaugurated Shri Ramlala Sadan, a Dravidian-style temple, at the site.
A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (now retired) had on 9 November, 2019, unanimously delivered its verdict that the land in Ayodhya, where the Babri Masjid once stood, be cleared for constructing Ram Temple.
The Supreme Court also ordered the government to provide five-acre land to Muslims at a prominent place in Ayodhya.
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