Emphasising that the wait and promise of five centuries was fulfilled on Monday with the consecration of Ram Lalla idol at Ayodhya, Home Minister Amit Shah said many generations sacrificed so much waiting for this moment.
Shah offered prayers at Birla temple in Delhi and watched the Ram Temple consecration ceremony live. The Lakshmi Narayan temple near the Gole Market in central Delhi was adorned with marigolds, with a motif of the Ayodhya temple made of flowers greeting the visitors.
In a message on ‘X’, Shah said that today, this resolve has been fulfilled under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for this, he expressed his gratitude to him. “On this auspicious day, I also pay my respects to all those great men who kept this struggle and determination alive for centuries, endured many insults and tortures, but did not leave the path of religion,” he said.
“The struggle of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, thousands of great saints and innumerable famous and unknown people has yielded a pleasant and successful result today,” he wrote.
He said the Ram Temple will remain a unique symbol of “imperishable eternal culture” for ages. “The wait and promise of five centuries was fulfilled today. Today is an unforgettable day for crores of Ram devotees. Today, when our Ram Lalla is seated in his grand temple, like countless Ram devotees, I too am overwhelmed with emotions. It is not possible to express this feeling in words,” he wrote.
There was tight security around the Birla Temple and only a select number of people could attend the live-screening of the Ayodhya consecration ceremony. Shah, along with others, took part in the ‘Sundarkand’ reciting ceremony at the temple.
Shah was accompanied by Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi and Delhi Assembly Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leaders including national president Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva apart from other Union ministers and both national and state unit leaders witnessed the Ayodhya event live at various venues across the capital. Nadda joined devotees at Jhandewalan Mandir. BJP MP Anil Baluni, among others, was also present.
The Union Defence Minister joined devotees at a similar programme at Darya Ganj; Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnav at Jagannath Temple, Hauz Khas; and Dr Jitendra Singh at the Nehru Place Market.