Rituals continue for second day

Ayodhya Bhoomi Pujan

Religious rituals continued for the second day here on Tuesday in the run up for the grand Bhoomi Pujan of the Ram temple at the Ramjanambhoomi premises on Wednesday noon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the grand 161 feet tall Ram temple and will attend the Bhoomi pujan along with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other senior seers and dignitaries.
Amid Corona scare and security apprehension, the entire Ayodhya has turned into a fortress. Around 175 people have been invited for the function.
A total of 21 of priests from Varanasi, Ayodhya and Prayagraj started the ritual of Bhoomi pujan by organising Gauri Ganesh Puja on Monday morning at the Bhoomi pujan site in the Ramjanambhoomi premises.
Today, the priest will hold puja at the Hanumangarhi and Ram ki chavni temples while in the evening they will perform aarti of the Saryu ghat.
Sources said on Tuesday morning Ramacharya puma along with dhawaj and Nisan puja of Lord Hanuman were done at the Hanumangarhi temple .
However except for the priests and some Shree Ramjanambhoomi Tirath Khetra Trust members none were allowed to attend this puja due to security for Corona and threat from the terror angle .
Pandit Kalikram has handed over four sets of dresses for Ram Lalla along with religious flag to the head priest of the Ram Lalla temple Acharya Satendra Das here on Monday morning before the Bhoomi pujan ritual commenced.
According to the tradition, Ram Lalla will wear white dress today, red tomorrow and Navratna clad green dress on Wednesday, the day of Bhoomi Pujan. Besides Ram Lalla deity will wear yellow dress on Thursday.
All these dresses were given by Pandit Kalikaram and each set also have dresses of Bharat, Laxman, Shatrughan, Hanuman along with back side curtain and bed sheets. Along with these dresses set, seven religious and victory flags were also presented.
Pandit Kalikaram is presenting the dresses for the idols for the last two years. He will also light deshi ghee diyas at almost the temples of Ayodhya in the evening of August 5.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed of the arrangements for August 5 function here on Monday.
During his over 4 hrs stay, the CM met the state officials , security personnel and members of the Trust and some senior seers On the other hand, invitation letters have been started distribution among the people in Ayodhya and Muslim plaintiff Iqbal Anasri was among the first to get the invitation.
With Ayodhya turning into an illuminated city similar like Diwali festival, the Shree Ramjanambhoomi Tirath Khetra Trust has almost completed preparation for the Bhoomi pujan of the grand Ram temple on August 5.
However to make this day a historic the entire Ayodhya city has been illuminated with lights while the Saryu ghats were lit wit earthen lamps in the evening, presenting a scintillating picture.
Ayodhya district Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said here on Monday that August 5 would be a memorable day though the functions including religious rituals for the Bhoomi pujan have commenced from Monday .
He said PM on the occassion could also announce several projects including some religious for Ayodhya.
“Ayodhya has been decorated with paintings of Ramayan period on the walls and other places while it will be Diwali like celebrations for three days from August 3 when all the religious places, ghats, maats would be illuminated and bhajans and religious songs would be sung continuously, ” he further said .
Mr Jha, however, said that due to Corona pandemic all precautions will be in place and there will be restrictions on large gatherings .
According to another official, around 3000 loudspeakers have been installed around the temple city which will create a religious atmosphere with broadcast of bhajans throughout the day. These sound system will also broadcast the speech of the PM live and other information including the religious rituals of the Bhoomi pujan.
Sources said that on the occassion PM is expected to lay the foundation and inaugurate projects with over Rs 25,000 crores for Ayodhya to develop it as the most modern and religious city of the world . (PTI)