Yogi Adityanath performs ‘pujan’ of Garbhagriha at Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir, places the first carved stone
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath performed the ‘shila pujan‘ of the ‘Garbhagriha‘ or the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Mandir by placing the first carved stone in it, amid chanting of mantras. Yogi Adityanath performed pooja of Garbhagriha and poured cement on the stones during the foundation stone laying ceremony.
With this ceremony, the construction of the temple will pick up the pace.
Speaking on the occasion Yogi Adityanath said, “The Ram temple would be known as ‘Rashtra Mandir‘ on completion. The Chief Minister said that millions of Hindus had been yearning for this day for decades, adding that he was fortunate to be a part of the ceremony.”
After laying the foundation stone of Ram Mandir’s Garbhagriha in Ayodhya, Yogi Adityanath said, “The construction work of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was started by PM Modi almost 2 years ago. The work is successfully proceeding and we are fortunate that the ritual of keeping the stones in the Garbhagriha has been initiated today“.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and other members of the temple trust were also present on the occasion.
Later, the Chief Minister offered prayer at Hanuman Garhi and the Ram temple.
In a statement issued last week, the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust, which is heading the temple’s construction, had said white marbles from the Makrana hills of Rajasthan would be used in the sanctum sanctorum.
Explaining the construction process, Nripendra Misra, Chairman of Ayodhya Ram Mandir construction committee, UP told ANI, “Work on the superstructure begins today. We have a 3-stage time frame (for completion of works) – Garbhagriha by 2023, temple construction by 2024 end, and main constructions at the temple complex by 2025″.
The temple trust said the total stone volume to be used for the temple project included 8 to 9 lakh cubic feet of carved sandstone, 6.37 lakh cubic feet of uncarved granite, 4.70 lakh cubic feet of carved pink sandstone for the temple and 13,300 cubic feet of Makrana white carved marble for the sanctum sanctorum.
According to the Trust, construction of sanctum sanctorum is expected to be completed by December 2023.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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