August 5, 2020 serves as a remarkable day for the Bharatiya Janata Party government as it marks the beginning if the much awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a journey to Ayodhya for the majestic ‘bhoomi pujan’ at the temple site.
With an invitation sent to over 175 dignitaries, which includes 135 religious leaders, the ceremony would be taking place at 12 PM today. The guest list of the event was prepared by the Prime Minister, in consultation with officials from the temple trust and senior party leaders including Murli Manohar Joshi and L.K. Advani.
This day has a unique significance for the BJP as the construction of Ram Mandir has been a part of the party’s manifesto for over three decades. With the Supreme Court giving a green signal last year, the BJP government was elated and could see their agenda turning into reality.
A series of efforts have also been made by the BJP in the past to establish this particular site in Ayodhya as Ram Janmabhoomi. In December 1992, the BJP leader, Lal Krishna Advani, led a procession, the rath-yatra, which resulted in demolition of the already established and built, Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
Today, with the party’s efforts bearing fruits, the construction of Ram Mandir has been gaining support from people. The Congress party’s senior leader, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated “An event of bhoomi pujan of the temple of Ram Lalla has been organized on 5 August, 2020. By the grace of Lord Ram, this event will become one of spreading his message about national unity, fraternity and cultural gathering”.
The ceremony is set to begin at 12 Noon and is expected to go on for an hour which includes the pujan, the tree plantation ceremony and laying of the foundation stone of the temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
August 5, 2020 also marks the one-year anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 which was done in a presidential order by the government, in the parliament last year.