In a highly-anticipated event watched by millions on television, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday laid the foundation of Ram temple at Ayodhya, the culmination of a campaign that fuelled the rise of the BJP and marked the fulfilment of one of its core poll promises. Amid the chanting of shlokas, PM Modi consecrated the very first bricks for the temple at the spot where many believe Lord Ram was born. The wait of centuries has ended, he said after performing the groundbreaking ceremony, made possible by a Supreme Court verdict last year allowing the construction of the temple at the site where ‘kar sevaks’ demolished a mosque in 1992. PM Modi described Ram as the common thread in India's unity in diversity, and drew a parallel between the country's independence movement and "centuries" of people's struggle to build the temple at Ram Janmabhoomi.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan HIGHLIGHTS
6:45 pm | "There is no aspect of life that doesn't take inspiration from Lord Ram..." tweets PM Modi
02:04 pm | I believe that this grand Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya, like the name of Shri Ram, will reflect the rich heritage of Indian culture. I believe it will inspire the entire humanity till eternity: PM Narendra Modi in Ayodhya
02:02 pm | With the construction of this temple, not only history is being made, but is being repeated. The way boatmen to tribals helped Lord Ram, the way children helped Lord Krishna lift Govardhan mountain, similarly, with everyone's efforts temple construction will be completed: PM
01:59 pm | "Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country... A long wait ends today... A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been living under a tent for many years," says PM Modi at foundation stone-laying ceremony of Ram Temple
01:52 pm | Ram Mandir will become the modern symbol of our traditions. It'll become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment. This temple will also symbolise the power of the collective resolution of crores of people. It will keep inspiring the future generations: PM Modi in Ayodhya
01:47 pm | It is my good fortune that I was invited to witness this historical moment... From Kanyakumari to Kshirbhavani, from Koteshwar to Kamakhya, from Jagannath to Kedarnath, Somnath to Kashi Vishwanath...today entire country is immersed in Lord Ram: PM Modi at Ayodhya
01:45 pm | India is creating a golden chapter in Ayodhya, wait of centuries ends today: PM Modi after Ram temple groundbreaking ceremony
01:40 pm | A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram janmbhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again - that had been going on for centuries: PM Narendra Modi
01:37 pm | 'Jai Siyaram'. This call is resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world today. I express gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on today's pious occasion: PM Narendra Modi
01:32 pm | PM Modi speaks at Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan event; begins his speech with "Jai Siya Ram"
01:00 pm | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses event post Ram Mandir 'Bhoomi Pujan'
12:58 pm | Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on stage
12:53 pm | Ram Mandir 'Bhoomi Pujan' concludes
12:39 pm | Priest at Ram Temple 'Bhoomi Pujan' says, "Nine bricks are kept here... these were sent by devotees of Lord Ram from around the world in 1989. There are 2 lakh 75 thousand such bricks out of which 100 bricks with 'Jai Shri Ram' engraving have been taken."
12:20 pm | RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, PM Modi perform 'Bhoomi Pujan'
12:15 pm | Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in Ram Temple 'Bhoomi Pujan' at Ayodhya
12:07 pm | Prime Minister Narendra Modi plants a Parijat sapling, considered a divine plant, ahead of foundation stone-laying of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
12:05 pm | Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers to Ram Lalla, performs 'sashtang pranam' (prostration) at Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya
11:57 am | PM Modi reaches Ram Janmabhoomi; offers prayers to Ram Lalla
11:54 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented with a headgear, silver 'mukut' and stole by Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Maharaj, head priest of 10th-century Hanuman Garhi Temple
11:52 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodhya ahead of ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ of Ram Temple
11:45 am | PM Modi reaches Hanumangarhi Mandir to offer prayers
11:41 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy en route Hanumangarhi Mandir
11:34 am | PM Narendra Modi in Ayodhya for Ram Temple foundation stone laying ceremony
11:25 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Ayodhya
11:18 am | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat at the Ram Janambhoomi site for 'Bhoomi Poojan'
11:05 am | Yog Guru Ramdev, Swami Avdheshanand Giri, Chidanand Maharaj among other invitees at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya
10:59 am | This is a signature event. This event will give a glimpse of India's 'unity in diversity'. It will bridge gaps and bring people together. We all are one-'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam': Swami Chidananda Saraswati
10:51 am | The entire world has its eyes set on India. This is a historic day to send out a message of harmony: Swami Avdheshanand Giri at Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya
10:41 am | PM Modi to be gifted headgear, silver crown at Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya
10:36 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Lucknow
10:35 am | Preparations underway for groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
10:24 am | Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and BJP National Vice President Uma Bharti arrive at Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya
10:22 am | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday commended the countrymen for the 'bhumi pujan' ceremony of the grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya slated during the day and said Lord Ram's blessings will end hunger, illiteracy and poverty making India the most powerful nation in the world.
10:14 am | Uttar Pradesh: Religious leaders who had arrived at Ayodhya for 'Bhoomi Poojan' say, "Today marks the end of a long struggle. It will be a historical day."
09:59 am | Idol of 'Ram Lalla' at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya
09:34 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya to take part in Ram Temple event
09:15 am | Inside the venue of the foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya
09:02 am | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath leaves for Ayodhya
08:45 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer prayers to 'Ram Lalla' at Ram Janmabhoomi, today. It will be followed by the ground-breaking ceremony
08:40 am | PM Modi's visit to Ayodhya is a proud moment. We'll honour him with headgear, a silver crown and a stole with the name of Lord Ram printed. We also hope that he rings the 3.5 quintal bell and proceed towards Ram Janmabhoomi: Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas ji Maharaj, head priest of Hanuman Garhi
08:26 am | PM Modi's schedule for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan
|11:15 am||PM Modi lands in Ayodhya|
|11:40 am||PM Modi to reach Faizabad helipad|
|12:00 pm||PM Modi to worship Ram Lalla idols|
|12:15 pm||PM Modi to plant parijat|
|12:27 pm||PM Modi to reach garbhagriha sthal|
|12:44 pm||Bhoomi Pujan muhurat begins|
08:14 am | Uttar Pradesh: Security and COVID-19 protocol to be followed at Ayodhya's Hanuman Garhi temple. Prime Minister Modi will offer prayers at the temple, ahead of foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple
07:46 am | Today is a historic day. This day will be remembered for long. I am confident that with the construction of Ram Temple, 'Ram Rajya' will be established in India: Yog Guru Swami Ramdev at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya
07:25 am | Sanitisation being done at Hanuman Garhi temple, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit today
07:10 am | #JaiShreeRam, #RamMandir trends on Twitter as Ayodhya set to witness the beginning of construction of Ram Temple
06:50 am | Ayodhya decorated ahead of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Mandir. A look at latest visuals from the Saryu Ghat
06:40 am | PM Modi to leave for Ayodhya at around 9:30 am. The prime minister will spend around 3-4 hours in the temple town