“Ram Mandir will become the modern symbol of our traditions. It’ll become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment,” PM Modi said.
Various leaders hailed the historic event, and hoped the country progressed further and that people follow the ideals of Lord Ram.
Here is who said what on the occasion:
President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind said that laying of the foundation stone of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal.
He said it will be a testimony to ideals of ‘Ram Rajya’ and a symbol of modern India.
“Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. It will be a testimony to ideals of RamRajya and a symbol of modern India,” Kovind tweeted.
Felicitations to all for the foundation laying of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Being built in tune with law, it defines I… https://t.co/KD2ZngALJD
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1596613032000
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu
The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is much more than a religious affair and the structure will stand as a tribute to the best of timeless human values, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.
He also said that Lord Ram’s conduct and values constitute the core of the consciousness of India, cutting across all kinds of divisions and barriers, and they are still relevant today.
The Vice President described the construction of the temple as a re-coronation of the highest human values of truth… https://t.co/mQ0Kz2zSQj
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) 1596609425000
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and other like-minded organisations worked for nearly 30 years to fulfil the resolve of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said here on Wednesday.
The RSS chief mentioned BJP patriarch L K Advani and the late VHP leader Ashok Singhal among others for their contribution to the temple movement.
This day brings the confidence needed to make India self-reliant, Bhagwat told the gathering.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Lord Ram is the ultimate embodiment of supreme human values and can never appear in cruelty, hatred or injustice.
In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, “Maryada Purshottam Lord Ram is the ultimate embodiment of supreme human values. He is the core of humanism embedded deep in our hearts”.
“Ram is love, he can never appear in hatred. Ram is compassion, he can never appear in cruelty. Ram is justice, he can never appear in injustice,” he said.
मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम भगवान राम सर्वोत्तम मानवीय गुणों का स्वरूप हैं। वे हमारे मन की गहराइयों में बसी मानवता की मूल भा… https://t.co/VldZhpGeyl
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1596612129000
Home minister Amit Shah
Terming the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya as a “historic and proud day” for India, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said it heralds the beginning of a new era.
He said by starting the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a golden chapter in the history of the great Indian civilisation, and asserted that the government remains committed to the preservation of Indian culture and its values.
अयोध्याजी में राम मंदिर निर्माण सदियों से दुनिया भर के हिंदुओं की आस्था का प्रतीक रहा है।आज पीएम @NarendraModi और… https://t.co/nKnQdrCB2d
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1596616972000
BJP president JP Nadda
“On this historical, auspicious occasion, I thank PM Modi who fulfilled the wishes of the public and our oath of constructing the Ram Janmabhoomi temple by bhoomi pujan and laying the foundation stone. Jai Shri Ram,” Nadda’s tweet, roughly translated from Hindi, read.
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी द्वारा अयोध्याजी में श्रीराम जन्मभूमि मंदिर के भूमि पूजन एवं शिलान्यास के… https://t.co/40jt2wUIJt
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) 1596617247000
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said, “Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai, Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai! Mera Bharat Mahaan, Mahaan Hamara Hindustan.”
“Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity, and we must preserve this to our last breath,” she tweeted.
Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai!Mera Bharat Mahaan,Mahaan Hamara Hindustan.Our country has a… https://t.co/jmhNgr5jIh
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1596601598000
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal sent his best wishes to fellow citizens on the bhoomi poojan of the Ram temple.
“May we continue to receive Lord Ram’s blessings. May his blessings also help the country get rid of poverty, starvation and poverty and India emerges as the world’s most powerful country and guide the world in the coming times. Jai Shri Ram. Jai Bajrang Bali,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
भूमि पूजन के मौक़े पर पूरे देश को बधाईभगवान राम का आशीर्वाद हम पर बना रहे। उनके आशीर्वाद से हमारे देश को भुखमरी,… https://t.co/Yo9zKoVjGi
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1596601315000
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today is a historic day and we can all feel the joy of this moment.
“The grand Ram temple is also the temple of the country. It is also a celebration of India’s pride, self respect and our spiritual inheritance,” he said in Hindi.
देश के लिए गौरव का क्षण। प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi प्रभु राम के जन्मस्थान पर भव्य मंदिर निर्माण का कार्य आरम्भ कर… https://t.co/XJ9AfV4tGN
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) 1596612810000
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya
Dear Hindus,Most important lesson is that control of State power by Hindus is absolutely essential for sustenance… https://t.co/nIbfwK0tbk
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) 1596602262000
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala
Extending best wishes to people on the bhoomi poojan function, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said “We hope the ideals of sacrifice, duty, compassion, generosity, unity, fraternity, harmony and courtesy preached by Lord Ram will become the guiding force for the country.”
राम मंदिर भूमिपूजन की शुभकामनाएँ।आशा है कि त्याग, कर्तव्य, करुणा, उदारता, एकता, बंधुत्व, सद्भाव, सदाचार के रामबाण… https://t.co/doqtKqjjsM
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) 1596604558000
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot stressed that there was a need to focus on establishment of an egalitarian society based on values espoused by Lord Ram.
“Lord Ram holds a unique place in our culture & civilization. His life teaches us the importance of truth, justice, equality of all, compassion & brotherhood. We need to focus on establishing an egalitarian society based on the values espoused by #LordRam,” he said in a tweet.
Lord Ram holds a unique place in our culture & civilization. His life teaches us the importance of truth, justice,… https://t.co/LMISjBNfn4
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) 1596609042000
SP leader Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav hoped the present and future generations will sincerely follow the path shown by ‘Maryada Purushottam’ and will do good to all and bring peace.
जय महादेव जय सिया-रामजय राधे-कृष्ण जय हनुमानभगवान शिव के कल्याण, श्रीराम के अभयत्व व श्रीकृष्ण के उन्मुक्त भाव… https://t.co/sea1uvC2fC
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) 1596588769000
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh congratulated the people of the country on the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, saying it fulfills the “long cherished desire” of every Indian.
“My heartiest congratulations to the people of India on the historic foundation laying of #RamMandir in #Ayodhya, which fulfills the long cherished desire of every Indian. Lord Ram’s universal message of Dharma remains the guiding light not just for India but for the world,” the chief minister said in a tweet.
My heartiest congratulations to the people of India on the historic foundation laying of #RamMandir in #Ayodhya, wh… https://t.co/SBkeVN7VQ6
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1596608177000