Modi Urges Union Ministers To Defer Ayodhya Visits To March

Modi Urges Union Ministers To Defer Ayodhya Visits To March

Amid the rush of devotees and long queues in Ayodhya for a sighting (darshan) of Ram Lalla, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Union Cabinet during which he advised his top ministers to defer their visit to the grand temple.

According to government sources, Prime Minister Modi voiced concern over the heavy rush of devotees and the inconvenience caused to the public by VVIP and VIP visits to the temple town along with elaborate security details.

He proposed that Union ministers plan or defer their Ayodhya visits in March to ensure a smoother and more organised experience for everyone involved, sources said.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the frenzy and fervour among the visiting devotees and locals were noticeable as they were on the prior when the temple was opened for darshan.

The temple witnessed surging footfalls following the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Shri Ram Lalla and the grand opening on Monday.

Security was tightened in the holy city after the first day of darshan on Tuesday drew an estimated 5 lakh devotees.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Rapid Action Force (RAF) Deputy Commandant Arun Kumar Tiwari said, “We will ensure that devotees are not inconvenienced. About 1,000 jawans have been deployed inside and outside the temple. The deployment will continue for the next few days.”

The huge influx of devotees was not just seen at the Ram Temple but at the adjoining Hanuman Garhi Temple as well. The devotees, in their thousands, were seen offering laddus to Lord Hanuman and distributing the ‘prasad’ among themselves.

The celebratory ambience and festivity in the temple town are likely to be amplified further over the next few days as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, in collaboration with the International Ramayan and Vedic Research Institute Department of Culture, Uttar Pradesh will be organising the International Ramayan Utsav at the avowed birthplace of Lord Ram from January 24-28 at Ram Katha Park and Tulsi Udyan in Ayodhya.

The countries to be represented at the International Ramayan Utsav include Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius and Laos.

The Ram Lalla idol was unveiled at the elaborate ‘Pran Pratishtha ceremony’, which involved hour-long rituals in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led the ceremony. (ANI)

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Ramnagari Must Look Cleanest, Most Beautiful: Yogi

During his first visit of the year 2024 to Ayodhya on Tuesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to implement the ‘Kumbh model of cleanliness’ in Ayodhya and ensure that the ‘Ramnagari’ must appear as the cleanest and most beautiful city.

“Dust should not be visible on the roads, and toilets must be cleaned daily,” he said.

The Chief Minister conducted a thorough inspection of the ongoing development projects and expressed concern for the well-being of the saints and sages. His visit also included a trip to Kuber Tila, where he paid homage to Jatayu.

Regarding the ongoing development projects, CM Yogi gave clear instructions to the concerned officials that they needed to execute the tasks maintaining high quality and within the specified timeframe because following January 22, a significant surge in the number of devotees and tourists was expected.

The Chief Minister made it clear that any form of negligence would not be tolerated under any circumstances.

During the tour of the Tent City developed by the Trust, Trust General Secretary, Champat Rai provided CM Yogi Adityanath with insights into the arrangements at Teerth Kshetra Puram.

The Chief Minister visited various areas, including Mahant Avedyanath Ji Nagar, Omkar Bhave Nagar, and Vamdev Ji Maharaj Nagar, examining the preparations and emphasizing the utmost priority on cleanliness. He expressed the need for a cleanliness system akin to the one implemented during the Kumbh festival.

He emphasized the need for raising the door frames slightly to prevent potential issues. In addition, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stressed the importance of maintaining cleanliness in women’s and men’s toilets, emphasizing the necessity for regular cleaning and the prevention of any form of mismanagement.

After darshan and worship at Sankatmochan Hanumangarhi and Ramlala, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Kuber Tila, where he offered prayers to Jatayu ji. Subsequently, the Chief Minister inspected the Municipal Corporation Water Works Building in Beniganj Amaniganj, observing ongoing development works. (ANI)

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I Urge 140 Cr People To Celebrate Deepawali On Jan 22: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged citizens to light a ‘Shri Ram Jyoti’ in their homes and celebrate Deepavali on January 22, when the idol of Lord Ram will be consecrated at the grand Temple in Ayodhya.

Addressing a mega public gathering in Ayodhya, PM Modi said the whole world is eagerly waiting for January 22.

“This historic moment has very fortunately come into our lives. We have to make a new resolve for the country and fill ourselves with new energy. For this, I urge all the 140 crore countrymen to light Shri Ram Jyoti in their homes on January 22 and celebrate Deepavali,” the Prime Minister said.

Before addressing the public meeting, the Prime Minister inaugurated the newly-built Ayodhya Airport, redeveloped Ayodhya Railway Station and flagged off new Amrit Bharat trains and Vande Bharat trains. He also unveiled multiple development projects worth more than Rs 15,700 crore in the state.

The Prime Minister noted that the airport has been inaugurated and other development works unveiled on a date that coincides with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose hoisting the flag in Andaman and Nicobar Islands “to announce India’s freedom”.

“The date–December 30–has always been historic for India. It was on this day in 1943 when Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose hoisted the flag (Indian) in Andaman (and Nicobar Islands) to announce India’s freedom,” he said

“Today, the foundation stone of development works worth more than Rs 15 thousand crore has been laid and inaugurated here. These infrastructure-related works will once again establish modern Ayodhya with pride on the map of the country. Today’s India is beautifying its pilgrimage sites and is also immersed in the world of digital technology,” he added.

The Prime Minister said the government is working to boost infrastructure in Ayodhya and the city will give direction to development not only in the Awadh region but the entire Uttar Pradesh.

“After the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram here, there will be a huge increase in the number of people coming here. Keeping this in mind, our government is carrying out development work worth thousands of crores of rupees in Ayodhya and is making Ayodhya smart.

Today, I have the privilege of inaugurating Ayodhya Dham Airport and Railway Station. I am happy that Ayodhya Airport has been named after Maharishi Valmiki. Maharishi Valmiki introduced us to the works of Lord Ram through the Ramayana,” he said.

“At present, Ayodhya Dham railway station has a capacity to serve 10-15 thousand people. After the complete development of the station, 60 thousand people will be able to commute to Ayodhya Dham railway station every day,” he added.

He said India’s heritage shows the right path and today’s India is making progress by combining tradition with modernity.

The Prime Minister said today’s India is beautifying its pilgrimage sites and is also immersed in the world of digital technology.

“Whatever be the country in the world if it has to reach new heights of development, it will have to take care of its heritage. Ram Lala was there in a tent, today pucca house has been given to not only Ram Lala but also to the four crore poor of the country….The campaign for making India a developed country is getting new energy from Ayodhya,” he said. (ANI)

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