Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: With fireworks, dance and havans, India celebrates historic moment

Updated: 06 August, 2020 08:53 IST | Sunny Rodricks
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    With the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya being laid on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people across India celebrated the historic moment as August 5, 2020, went down in the history as one of the most important dates of India.

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    In  Mumbai, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were seen performing aarti and lighting diyas at the Banganga Tank in South Mumbai.

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    BJP leader and MLA performed aarti of the idol of Lord Ram at the Banganga Tank in South Mumbai.

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    At Mumbai's Borivli, BJP party workers installed a 15-feet long poster of Lord Ram ahead of the foundation-laying ceremony.

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    In photo: BJP party members celebrate the laying of the foundation stone by releasing a giant balloon in the air.

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    BJP activists and supporters apply saffron colours on their face as they celebrate minutes before the groundbreaking ceremony.

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    A BJP supporter snapped wearing a mask with a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it, during celebrations.

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    Women activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) dance outside VHP headquarters in New Delhi, hours before the 'bhoomi pujan'.

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    In photo: A member of a bomb squad team sits on the staircase at Hanuman Garhi temple, minutes before the arrival of Prime Minister to offer prayers.

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    A VHP activist, at VHP headquarters in New Delhi, performs Hawan Puja (ritual) before the stone ceremony.

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    Hindu devotees light oil lamps forming the words "Shri Ra" as they celebrate the historic day.

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    Shilpa Bhatt, a 40-year-old entrepreneur and manufacturer-supplier of chocolates from Ahmedabad, gives finishing touches to the model of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Shilpa made the Ayodhya Ram Mandir chocolate model using about 15 kg chocolates within 12 hours.

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    Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of River Sarayu on the eve before the groundbreaking ceremony of 'bhoomi pujan'.

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    In photo: A devotee, armed with an umbrella and face mask, offers prayers in front of the idols of Lord Ram during a special prayer, in Kolkata.

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    BJP supporters wave party flags as they arrive in the temple town of Ayodhya, a day before the ceremony.

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    A kite-maker, from Amritsar, gives final touches to a kite decorated with pictures of Ram Mandir, Lord Ram Darbar, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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    In photo: Devotees light up diyas at a Lord Ram temple in Wadala.

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    In photo: A senior citizen watches the ceremony for the construction of Ram Mandir live on TV at his home in Mumbai.

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    People celebrate and dance around a 7-feet tall statue of Lord Ram in Pune.

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    A large digital billboard of Lord Ram came up in New York’s Times Square in order to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone. Pic/ANI Twitter.

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    A group of youngsters poses for a selfie in front of Lord Ram idols.

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    In photo: People light sparklers as they celebrate on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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    BJP activists and supporters shout slogans as part of celebrations, in New Delhi.

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    BJP supporters watch a live telecast on a giant screen at Gujarat BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar.

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    In photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a commemorative postage stamp on 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir'.

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About The Gallery

Ayodhya witnessed a historic moment on Wednesday with bhoomi pujan for a grand Ram mandir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone and also released a commemorative postage stamp on the 'Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir'. Citizens across India, from Mumbai to Amritsar and Kolkata to Gujarat, celebrated the day. From lighting diyas to offering prayers; from playing with colours to dancing their hearts out, here's how India celebrated the historic moment.

(All photos/AFP, Bipin Kokate, Satej Shinde, and Ashish Raje)

First Published: 06 August, 2020 08:00 IST