Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: 3 firsts for a Prime Minister | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s visit to Ayodhya for the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Temple will see a series of first by a Prime Minister.

  • Narendra Modi would be the first Prime Minister to visit 10th-century Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodhya.
  • Narendra Modi will also be the first Prime Minister to visit Ram Janambhoomi, the birthplace of Ram.
  • He will also be the first Prime Minister who will be going for the Bhoomi Pujan of temple meant for cultural conservation.

The PM will arrive in Ayodhya via Lucknow around 11.30am and reach the Ram Janmabhoomi makeshift temple after offering prayers at Hanumangarhi, the seat of Lord Hanuman, 3 km away. The bhoomi pujan will last 15 minutes, between 12.30 pm and 12.45 pm, and will be performed in the presence of 175 select guests. Modi, along with UP governor Anandiben Patel, CM Yogi Adityanath, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and temple trust president Nritya Gopal Das will be on the dais.
This will be Modi’s first visit to Ayodhya after becoming PM six years ago.
Local BJP workers recall that his previous visit to the temple town was in 1991, when he had accompanied the then BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi during his Tiranga Yatra.

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