The wait of centuries has ended, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after performing the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram Mandir at the spot where many devout Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.
Modi also tweeted about the historic day
A blessed day in Ayodhya.
This day will remain etched in the memory of every Indian.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2020
Beginning his speech with ‘Jai Siya Ram’, the prime minister told the gathering that a grand temple will now be built for ‘Ram Lalla’, the infant Ram, who had been living in a temporary tent for years.
“Many people made sacrifices for the Ram temple. I pay my respects to all of them,” the prime minister said in the speech that followed the laying of the foundation for the Ram temple.
Sending out the message that “Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all”, Modi said the Ram temple symbolises India’s rich heritage and will be an inspiration to all of humanity.
Despite efforts to eradicate Lord Ram’s existence, he lives in our hearts and is the basis of our culture, Modi said.
Citing Lord Ram’s message, Modi said the more powerful India gets, the more it will be loved and remain peaceful.