Ayodhya, Sept 9: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday offered prayers at the Hanuman Garhi Temple here, becoming the first member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to visit Ayodhya since the demolition of the disputed structure in 1992.
Before embarking on the fourth day of his mahayatra in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are due early next year, the 46-year-old Congress Vice President met Mahant Gyan Das, who is known for his anti-Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) stance, before having 'darshan' at the temple.
No member of the Congress' first family has visited Ayodhya since the demolition of the Babri Masjid 24 years ago, in December 1992.
Rahul Gandhi visits Hanumangarhi temple;becomes 1st in Nehru-Gandhi family to visit Ayodhya since'92 Babri demolit'n pic.twitter.com/2dnfBnxVTB— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 9, 2016
As a convoy of cars, buses and open trucks rolled into the temple town, people rushed out of their houses to have a glimpse of the Congress leader.
Much significance is being attached in political circles to Rahul's visit to Hanuman Garhi, which is about a kilometre away from the Ram Temple at the disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Rahul also stayed away from the site of 'shilanyas', the foundation stone that had been laid there in 1989 for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.