For a religious country like India, the foundation-laying ceremony of the Ram Temple is of immense significance. The fervour has not just gripped Ayodhya, where the temple is supposed to be built, but the entire country.
Devotional songs are being sung, people are dressing their kids as Hindu God Ram, his brother Lakshmana, and Ram's wife Sita, the revered trio in Hindu mythology. Dhols (Indian instrument) are beating across the country and people are sharing sweets, dancing, and looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to lay the foundation stone.
The zeal and excitement is not only limited to India, but has travelled to the United States. Members of the Indian community poured into the streets of Washington DC to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony for the Ram Temple.
In the pictures, they can be seen dressed in saffron clothes, a colour considered to be sacred in India, and held flags to celebrate the moment.
#USA | Members of the Indian community gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of #RamTemple in Ayodhya.#RamMandirAyodhya #RamMandir #Ayodhya #AyodhyaRamMandir #JaiShreeRam #RamTemple #5thAugustGoldenDay pic.twitter.com/3o9sDb3ymy— First India (@thefirstindia) August 5, 2020
As Ayodhya awaits the foundation stone laying of Ram temple, Indian-Americans are doing their bit of making sure that these celebrations echo in the US. https://t.co/lndsj7KrqK pic.twitter.com/oeZJHSg0dc— REENA BHARDWAJ (@reenabhardwaj) August 5, 2020
Twitterati also shared the pictures and videos of beautiful Ayodhya twinkling last night. The reflection of the city in the Ganges was a sight to behold. A group of young people also participated in paying a musical tribute to Hindu God Ram.
Goosebumps....— Pooja Tiwari (@Mauve_Mellow) August 5, 2020
The historical day is here ❤️
🚩Jai Siya Ram 🚩#5_अगस्त_भगवा_दिवस #RamMandir #AyodhyaBhoomipoojan #पधारो_राम_अयोध्या_धाम #burnol #राममंदिर_से_रामराज्य #रामराज्य_उद्घोष #जय_श्री_राम pic.twitter.com/ipQcV4ee4P
The Glow & Celebration #Ayodhya had when Ram returned from Vanvaas has not lost its Charm till date— #JaiShriRam (@KMP_Haritas) August 5, 2020
ShriRam JanmaBhoomi is again All set for the Joyous Celebration. #JaiShreeRam #AyodhyaBhoomipoojan #AyodhyaRamMandir @ReclaimTemples @GaneshKarnik @CTRavi_BJP @RatanSharda55 pic.twitter.com/wOAoDylbAo
अयोध्या में श्रीराम मंदिर शिलान्यास से पूर्व ही पूरा शहर भगवान राम के रंग में सराबोर है। भजन-कीर्तन व अन्य माध्यमों से लोग अपनी खुशियों का इजहार कर रहे हैं।— BJP (@BJP4India) August 4, 2020
आप भी सुनिए, अयोध्या के रॉकबैंड, चैकमार्क बैंड की एक भक्तिमय प्रस्तुति। pic.twitter.com/rSST1TwOGb
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi has left for Ayodhya. He will fly in a helicopter from Lucknow to Ayodhya. Before taking part in the ceremony, Modi will perform a "pooja" (devotional activity) at the Hanumangarhi Temple in the holy city.