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Ram Mandir inauguration: Gujarat celebrates with prayers, processions | Ahmedabad News

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Gujarat on Monday immersed in religious fervour on the occasion of the idol consecration ceremony at the new Ram temple in Ayodhya, as a large number of people thronged temples to offer prayers, organised events at their premises and took part in religious processions across the state to mark the seminal event.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel watched the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya live on TV with BJP workers and local residents at Shilaj village in his Ghatlodia constituency.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Temple, Patel said: “This is a historic occasion as the wait of all Indians has come to an end. We pray to Lord Ram that development works continue uninterruptedly under the leadership of the PM.”

Finance Minister Kanu Desai watched the event live at Dharampur in his constituency of Pardi at Valsad district. Cabinet Minister Rushikesh Patel, the MLA from Visnagar in Mehsana, as well as ministers like Raghavji Patel, Balvantsinh Rajput, Mulu Bera, Kuber Dindor and Bhanuben Babariya, among others, also celebrated the occasion in their constiutencies.

State BJP president C R Paatil said Modi has fulfilled an age-old demand of the people. “Today, after 500 years, Lord Ram is seated again in his birth place Ayodhya. I congratulate the PM for doing pran pratishtha rituals by taking everyone together…,” he added.

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While many residential societies, trusts and temples organised bhajans, bhandara, Ram Katha recitation and other religious events in their premises, processions were also taken out.

Processions or ‘Shoba Yatras’ were taken out in different towns and cities in the districts of Ahmedabad, Patan, Navsari, Mehsana, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Bharuch Gir Somnath, Vadodara and Kutch.

As announced by the state government earlier, all government offices and institutes in Gujarat were closed for half a day on Monday in view of the consecration ceremony.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, meanwhile, is scheduled to attend a function for the consecration of a redeveloped Ram temple at Ranip in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The area falls within Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Shah.

The temple has been rebuilt by Shri Ramji Mandir Charitable Trust. President of the Trust and former BJP MLA from Sabarmati, Arvind Patel, said, “The temple was built in 1985. Over the years, it had become dilapidated. So, we have rebuilt it with stones at a (approximate) cost of Rs 7 crore.”

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