PM Narendra Modi will be visiting Ayodhya on August 5 on the occasion of Bhoomi Poojan. The 3-day ritual will begin from August 3 and end on August 5 with a foundation stone laying ceremony and will thus mark the commencement of the construction of the much-awaited Ram Mandir.
Looking into the present situation of COVID-19, only 200 people will be allowed in the temple. This will include 150 invitees. Former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and all the Chief Ministers of various states will be invited for the ceremony.
A team of 11 priests from Varanasi will play a prominent role in the whole ceremony. Vedic rituals will begin from August 3 and end on August 5 with a Bhoomi Poojan. The Prime Minister is expected to offer his prayers to Lord Ram at the temple and Lord Hanuman at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya, before laying the foundation stone for the temple.
“We have got a confirmation that Prime Minister Modi will be coming to Ayodhya on 5 August to attend the Bhoomi poojan ceremony of the temple. Because of security concerns, his itinerary has not been made public”, the Temple Trust told The Print.
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The final verdict on the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya came on 9 November 2019. The Supreme Court had given 3 months to the government to form a Trust for the same. Following this, Prime Minister Modi announced the formation of the Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi Tirtha Kshetra on February 5.
The date 5th August is significant because it marks the first anniversary of Abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the saints of Varanasi have opposed the selection of this date. They claim that the ‘Muhurat’ for the ceremony is not auspicious. In a report by Times Now, Swami Avimukteshwarananda while addressing the problems with the date, said “They are doing it as per their convenience, there’s no auspicious ‘Muhurat’ for the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ in the month of August. If the ceremony is not done according to the shastras, then it’ll have negative consequences”. Similarly, other seers have argued that the construction should begin at the right time.