Vedic rituals for the development of the Ram temple in Ayodhya started on Monday morning with ‘Gauri Ganesh’ puja.
Twenty-one clergymen began three-day rituals at 9.30am which continued for 2 hours. Eight clergymen from Ayodhya, 5 every from Varanasi and Delhi, and three from Kamikochi, Tamil Nadu carried out Vedic rituals.
Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj presided over the rituals.
“The ceremony began with ‘Garui Ganesh’ puja as per Hindu tradition. Before any auspicious work, lord Ganesh is worshipped. So, before construction of Ram Mandir, this ritual was performed,” mentioned Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, successor designate of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.
Nritya Gopal Das is chairman of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust.
“Ganesh puja continued for two hours. On Tuesday Ramacharya puja will be performed and on the last day (August 5) bhoomi pujan will take place,” added Das.
The whole Ram Janmabhoomi campus was decked up with saffron flags and marigold flowers. However, no media was allowed.
These rituals will finish on August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the inspiration stone (bhoomi pujan) of the Ram temple at round 12.15 pm.
All rituals had been carried out at the place the place the sanctum sanctorum of the proposed Ram Mandir will come up.
Special puja was additionally carried out at pre-fabricated Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi.
“Apart from routine puja, a special ‘arti’ of lord Ram was performed at the Ram Mandir (pre-fabricated). Lord Ram’s arti was performed along with other rituals,” added Das.
At the Ram Janmabhoomi space, a water-resistant pandal was arrange as a precautionary measure in view of the continued monsoon season.
Entire Ayodhya is decked with saffron flags. Most of the households have put up these flags to mark the bhoomi pujan.
In all temples throughout Ayodhya particular puja was carried out concurrently on Monday morning to coincide with the rituals at Ram Janmabhoomi.
“In all temples, big and small, across Ayodhya special puja was performed. In these temples Vedic rituals will be performed till bhoomi pujan at Ram Janmabhoomi,” mentioned Das.
At the historic Hanuman Garhi temple, a particular aarti of lord Hanuman was additionally carried out.