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Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan updates: BJP hails it as 'Historic'; Opposition hopes for unity

By Anuj Cariappa
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Ayodhya, Aug 05: The 'bhumi pujan' of the grand temple in Ayodhya, at a spot where devotees believe that Lord Ram was born, took place at 12:40 pm, which is the 'muhurat' for the foundation stone laying ceremony.

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11:13 PM, 5 Aug
An overwhelming number of leaders across the political spectrum on Wednesday welcomed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, with the ruling BJP hailing the moment as "historic" and the opposition hoping that it would pave the way for national unity and harmony.
9:33 PM, 5 Aug
Uttarakhand: Earthen lamps have been lit in the premises of Badrinath & Gopinath temples in Chamoli on the occasion of 'Bhoomi Pujan' of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
9:32 PM, 5 Aug
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari performed the Aarti of Shri Ram at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai to celebrate the occasion of the Bhoomi Puja ceremony performed at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya earlier today: Governor's Office
9:28 PM, 5 Aug
Haryana: People light earthen lamps in the premises of Mata Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula, on the occasion of 'Bhoomi Poojan' of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
8:51 PM, 5 Aug
Ram Mandir digital billboard comes up in New York’s Times Square
8:50 PM, 5 Aug
A blessed day in Ayodhya, tweets PM Modi
8:50 PM, 5 Aug
Today is a historic day in our country, every Indian wanted construction of Ram Mandir to begin. Rajiv Gandhi ji had opened the lock in 1985, he said in 1989 that there will be Ram Rajya & temple should be built. If someone tries to take credit, it is wrong: Kamal Nath, Congress
8:49 PM, 5 Aug
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat offers prayers at the banks of Saryu river
8:49 PM, 5 Aug
Once the nerve centre of Ram temple movement, VHP headquarters in Delhi celebrates Ayodhya ground breaking ceremony
6:28 PM, 5 Aug
PM Modi's mother watches Ayodhya Ram Temple ceremony
6:28 PM, 5 Aug
Ram temple 'bhoomi pujan' a golden occasion, follows years of struggle: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat
5:47 PM, 5 Aug
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth presented an idol of Lord Ram to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, earlier today.
5:42 PM, 5 Aug
Karnataka: AC Gurumurthy, an artist from Bengaluru creates a portrait of Lord Ram using a manual typewriter. He says,\"I dedicate this portrait to Ram Temple. I hope world recognises our culture & religion.\" Foundation stone laying event of Ram Mandir was held in Ayodhya today.
5:34 PM, 5 Aug
Family members of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu donate Rs 5 lakh each for ongoing fight against Covid-19 and construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya
4:53 PM, 5 Aug
Retired teacher Subhash Salkar, who was glued to the TV since Wednesday morning to watch the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for Ram temple in Ayodhya, says he would like to visit the city at least once before he dies. Salkar, a BJP leader, was part of a group of 750-odd `karsevaks' (volunteers) from Goa who were present in Ayodhya when Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik as well as former Defence Minister late Manohar Parrikar were also in that group, Salkar, 71, reminisced. "If there were no restrictions due to COVID-19, I would have certainly traveled to Ayodhya to witness the ceremony," he said.
4:52 PM, 5 Aug
RamTemple has been the demand of people from past many years. Congress welcomed the decision of Supreme Court with an open heart. Lord Ram is loved by all and he is above any political consideration. Politics and faith must be kept apart: Congress leader Anand Sharma
4:24 PM, 5 Aug
The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu has sent gold and silver coins, holy soil collected from the Kamakshi temple and the mutt, besides Vasthu (traditional Indian system of architecture) materials to be used in the Bhoomi pujan for constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
4:22 PM, 5 Aug
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh congratulates people of the country on foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya, says it fulfils a "long cherished desire" of every Indian.
4:19 PM, 5 Aug
Madhya Pradesh: Former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan watched the live telecast of 'Bhoomi Poojan' of Ram Temple today and offered prayers, at BJP office in Indore.
4:19 PM, 5 Aug
It is a historic day. The construction of Ram Temple has started in Ayodhya today after sacrifices, wait and patience of generations. Indians and many people from across the world were waiting for this day for centuries: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
4:16 PM, 5 Aug
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Ram Mandir at Ayodhya on Wednesday, the temple town of Udupi in southern Karnataka is missing its most beloved seer, Swami Vishwesha Teertha of Pejawar mutt, who was in the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Swami Vishwesha Teertha, who passed away on Decemeber 29 last year, would have been the happiest man at the time of the Bhoomi Poojan on this day if he were alive.
4:00 PM, 5 Aug
India is a secular country. Prime Minister has violated the oath of the office by laying the foundation stone of RamMandir. This is the day of the defeat of democracy and secularism and success of Hindutva: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi
3:17 PM, 5 Aug
It’s a very important day for us. People were waiting from many years for a Ram temple on Ram Janmabhoomi. Today that dream has come true. We are proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled this dream. This temple will strengthen peace and humanity in country: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
3:17 PM, 5 Aug
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday offered prayers with his family at his residence on the occasion of Bhoomi Puja for the construction of Ram Temple. "The Vice President described the construction of the temple as a re-coronation of the highest human values of truth, morality, and ideals that the Maryada Purushottam epitomized during his life," his office said in a tweet.
3:15 PM, 5 Aug
Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa says it is a good day that the foundation stone for Ram Temple has been laid. A beautiful temple will come up, but there is Kashi Vishwanath and Krishna Janmasthan temples which have to be liberated.
3:13 PM, 5 Aug
Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa and his cabinet colleagues also greeted the people for the grand ground breaking ceremony. Yediyurappa wrote, from being a Kar Sevak in December 1992 to living the moment where the foundation stone was laid by our PM is a dream come true.
3:13 PM, 5 Aug
Today is a historic and proud day for India, Shah said while lauding the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the Bhumi Pujan and laid the foundation stone for the grand Ram Temple. A golden chapter in history has been written. A golden chapter in the history of the great Indian culture and civilisation has started a new era, Shah also wrote on Twitter in Hindi.
3:10 PM, 5 Aug
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that today is a golden chapter in Indian history. The statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the grand Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.
2:13 PM, 5 Aug
PM Modi ends his speech with Siya Pathi Ramachandra ki jai
2:13 PM, 5 Aug
Message from Lord Ram is move forward. We will move forward as a nation says PM Modi.
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