Gujarat was awash with religious fervour on Monday as the state celebrated the consecration ceremony of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Temples were thronged by devotees offering prayers, and events were organised across the state to mark this seminal event.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel joined BJP workers and local residents at Shilaj village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city to watch the mega consecration ceremony live on TV.
Residential societies, trusts, and temples across the state organised bhajans, ‘bhandara’, recitations of Ram Katha, and other religious events in their premises. In addition, processions, or ‘Shoba Yatras’, were taken out in different towns and cities to celebrate the ceremony in Ayodhya.
These processions were held in various districts, including Ahmedabad, Patan, Navsari, Mehsana, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Bharuch Gir Somnath, Vadodara, and Kutch.
Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilling an age-old demand of the people of the country. “Today, after 500 years, Lord Ram is seated again in his birthplace Ayodhya. I congratulate the PM for performing the Pran Pratishtha rituals, bringing everyone together, and ensuring that no one vitiates the peaceful atmosphere,” said Paatil.