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 PM Narendra Modi to return to Ayodhya 32 years after temple vow
Jan 15, 2024 12:42 pm

Thirty-two years after vowing to return to Ayodhya only after construction of the Ram temple, PM Narendra Modi is set to be in the holy town once again to lead the consecration ceremony. It was on January 14, 1992, when Modi, during his visit to Ayodhya, had taken a vow to return only when the temple dedicated to Lord Ram was completed. Modi was part of the 'yatra' for the integration of Kashmir with India, which was accomplished when Article 370 was abrogated in 2019. On that day, he raised cries of 'Jai Shri Ram' and participated in the worship of Lord Ram, who was then housed in a makeshift tent. Media persons caught the moment when Modi declared that he would only come back once the temple was built. The replay of this historic occasion on social media has garnered significant attention, with the post noting how the integration of Kashmir with India was a post-independence attempt by Jana Sangh and BJP, culminating in success under Modi's leadership. The first step in completing his pledge was the laying of the foundation stone. Modi laid the foundation stone for a grand temple on August 5, 2020, at the site believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. The PM had laid the foundation stone after the final judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on November 9, 2019, ordering that the disputed land (2.7 acres) be handed over to the trust formed by the government. Vedic rituals for the 'pran pratishtha' of Ram Lalla will begin on January 16, a week ahead of the main ceremony on January 22. Ahead of performing the 'pran pratishtha', Modi has started a 11-day fast, which includes 'yam niyam', based on principles of moral and ethical conduct, involving regular prayers and yoga."This is a huge responsibility. As it is also said in our scriptures, we have to awaken divine consciousness in ourselves for the yagya and worship of god. For this, fasts and strict rules have been prescribed in the scriptures, which have to be followed before consecration," Modi had said, announcing his decision of 11 days of rituals, which he started from Panchavati in Nashik, where Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman had spent considerable time.