AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Aug. 5, 2020, 12:24 p.m.
Washington: The 'Bhumi Pujan' ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is being celebrated all over the world.
In the United States, members of the Indian community gathered outside Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate.
Some members of the community were seen in traditional attire, while others were donning yellow and saffron-colored clothes and shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' with saffron flags.
The highlight of the festival was the Ayodhya Shri Ram Temple tableau, which was held between the US Capitol Hill and the White House. Organizers said the ceremony marks the beginning of historic temple construction. Images of the iconic Times Square Ayodhya Ram temple and 3D portraits of Lord Rama were made on August 5 at 10 am EDT (local time). In states like California, Washington, Texas and Florida, US temples have announced special events for the historic event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Ayodhya from New Delhi and has reached Ayodhya, where he worshiped Lord Hanuman at Hanuman Garhi and then went to Ram Janmabhoomi. Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya will begin at 12.30 pm on Wednesday. The program will begin with Shila Pujan, Bhoomi Pujan and Karma Shila Puja by the Prime Minister.
According to an official statement, the puja will be conducted during the 32-second Abhijeet Muhurta between 12.44 pm and 12.45 pm in the afternoon. This is the same muhurat or auspicious time when Lord Rama was born. To mark the beginning of the temple construction, the Prime Minister will place 40 kg silver brick in the foundation of the temple.
PM Modi is expected to stay in Ayodhya for about three hours. The Prime Minister will plant Parijat at 12.10 pm and proceed to the Bhoomipujan ceremony in the temple premises. After the ceremony ends at 12.45 pm, the Prime Minister will address the saints for about an hour, after which he will return to Lucknow around 2 pm and then return to Delhi.