Ram temple groundbreaking ceremony today, PM Modi to attend

August 5, 2020: The stage is set for Wednesday’s grand foundation stone-laying ceremony for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, to be attended by 175 dignitaries, including Prime Minister

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August 5, 2020: The stage is set for Wednesday’s grand foundation stone-laying ceremony for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, to be attended by 175 dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 135 religious leaders.

Last November, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of the temple with its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

Members of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, a trust formed by the Union government on the directions of the apex court, consulted senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, besides lawyer K. Parasaran, to draw up the final list of invitees, including religious leaders from across the country and Nepal.

Modi’s presence will be significant, with the ceremony signaling the start of fulfilling a promise that has been part of the BJP’s election manifestos for three decades. 

Soon after the ceremony at Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh government is expected to release a postal stamp with the temple design. Modi will plant a jasmine tree in the temple premises during the event, which is expected to commence at noon and go on till 2pm. An inscription of the temple will also be inaugurated.

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