5 August 2020, a day when the whole country witnessed the auspicious Bhoomi Poojan (ground-breaking ceremony) for the construction of the ambitious Ram temple at Ram Janambhoomi site has been as emotional and hopeful as the day (9 November 2019) when the verdict on the disputed Ayodhya land was delivered by the Supreme Court. The three-day Vedic rituals on-site in Ayodhya that began on Monday ended with the Prime Minister performing Bhoomi poojan and laying the foundation stone yesterday.
This remarkable event is perceived by Indians as the harbinger of a golden future and re-establishment of the virtuous Ram Rajya. “We have to join stones for the construction of Ram temple with mutual love and brotherhood. Social harmony was the core principle of Lord Ram’s governance,” said the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech. He further said, “Every heart is illuminated. A long wait ends today. A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla, who had been living under a tent for many years.”
The construction of the ‘Ayodhya Ram Mandir’ is likely to be finished in the coming three years, and the government is positive that there would be tremendously high tourist footfall by 2024. The Uttar Pradesh State Government had earlier announced multiple beautification and development projects to spruce up the city, besides allocating funds to promote the tourism sector in Ayodhya. It allocated Rs.446 crore for building a mammoth statue of Lord Shri Ram standing at 725-feet height on the banks of the Sarayu River. This could well become one of the major attractions in Ayodhya.
Along with the national highway upgradation, the plans to develop a railway station and an international airport across 285 acres at Ayodhya are also underway. This international airport, when ready, serves the city with both domestic and international flights and could be a great relief to tourists. All the infrastructure, connectivity, and beautification developments drive more and more domestic/international tourists to the city in the near future and thus contribute to strengthening the economy. It can be said without any doubt that Ayodhya Ram Mandir is soon to become a major destination for religious and spiritual tourism in Uttar Pradesh!