Besides offering prayers at the Ram temple, the PM also inspected the construction work of the temple and later performed a symbolic coronation of Lord Ram.
After performing ‘aarti’ on the banks of River Saryu, the PM launched the Deepotsav celebrations, which he said would “revive the ethos of cultural India”.
Here are the other highlights of the event:
PM extols values of Lord Ram
PM Modi on Sunday said the idea of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” is inspired by the values and the rule of Lord Ram.
Addressing a gathering, PM Modi said: “Shri Ramlala’s ‘Darshan’ and then ‘Rajyabhishek’ of King Ram, this good fortune is obtained only by the grace of Lord Ram. When Shri Ram is consecrated, the ideals and values of Lord Rama become firm in us. Lord Ram is the inspiration behind Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas – he took everyone along, did not leave anyone behind,”
Origin of Kartavya Path
From the teachings of ‘Kartavya Bal’ by Lord Shri Ram, the PM said the country has come up with the ‘Kartavya Path’ to honour his governance and establish India’s identity globally.
“Lord Rama is called Maryada Purushottam. Maryada teaches us to have respect and to give respect. And Maryada is the realization is the duty itself. Ram does not leave anyone behind. Ram does not turn his face out of duty. Ram, therefore, embodies the spirit of India, which believes that our rights are self-evident by our duties. This Deepawali has come at a time when we have completed 75 years of independence. ‘Sankalp Shakti’ of Lord Ram will take India to new heights,” he added.
The PM also performed the Rajyabhishek of the symbolic Bhagwan Shree Ram in Ayodhya.
The PM said Lord Ram’s ideals are a beacon of light for people aspiring for a developed India in next 25 years and give the “courage to achieve the most difficult goals”.
PM Modi offers prayers to Ram Lalla in Ayodhya
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered prayers to Ram Lalla at Ram Janmbhoomi. This was his first visit to Ayodhya after a “bhoomi pujan” for the construction of a Ram temple on August 5, 2020.
Immediately after reaching Ayodhya for the Deepotsav celebrations, the PM went to the makeshift Ram temple and offered prayers to Ram Lalla. He lit an earthen lamp there and performed an “aarti”. Temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das applied vermillion on his forehead.
Modi was also briefed by officials on the construction going on for a grand Ram temple at the site.
PM inspects Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra site in Ayodhya
Before launching the Deepotsav celebrations, the PM inspected the Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra site on Sunday.
According to Ram Mandir construction committee, the work on the temple is progressing according to plan and by December 2023 devotees will have the opportunity of offering prayers before Lord Shri Ram.
PM Narendra Modi visits Ayodhya , participates in Deepotsav
<p>PM Narendra Modi prays to Ram Lalla in Ayodhya</p>
The superstructure is being constructed on a 6.5m (21 ft) high plinth with Granite stone which was completed in September this year.
Approximately 17,000 Granite stone blocks weighing two tons each were used in the construction of the plinth by interlocking arrangement between the stones. No steel was used in foundation, raft and plinth. The total built-up area is 58,920 sqft and Ground Floor reached after completing 72 ft of three-layered structures. The superstructure of the temple is being constructed by using carved Rajasthan sandstone from Bansi Paharpur district Bharatpur.
Approximately 4.75 lakh cubic feet of Bansi Paharpur stone shall be used in the superstructure of the Shri Ram Temple. The walls and floor in Garbh Griha of the Temple will be of Makrana Marble. There will be 392 Pillars in the temple, 166 columns on the ground floor, 144 columns on the first floor, and 82 columns on the second floor.
A mega event
The Deepotsav celebrations saw the lighting of around 18 lakh earthen lamps. There was also a musical laser show, 3D projection mapping show and fireworks.
Five animated tableaux and 11 Ramlila tableaux showcasing dance forms from different states were also presented during the Deepotsav. A Russian troupe also performed Ramlila at the event.
Scene of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya by Pushpak Viman recreated
The divine scene of the return of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya by a ‘Pushphak Viman’ after 14 years of exile was recreated on Sunday.
The homecoming of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman was staged at a programme organised prior to the mega event Deepotsav.
Flowers were also showered from Pushpak Viman to welcome Lord Ram.
(With inputs from agencies)