Ram Mandir Ceremony LIVE Updates: Lakhs of Lamps Light up Ayodhya in 'Diwali-like' Celebrations

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Ram Mandir Ceremony LIVE Updates: Two nights of "Diwali-like celebrations" in Ayodhya will start at sunset today, with Ram Ki Paidi being lit up with around 1.5 lakh earthen lamps. Temples along the bank of the river Sarayu will also be lit up with lights. Other than this, 50 other places in Ayodhya and its major temples will also be lit up.

Section 144 has been imposed in Kalaburagi city in Karnataka ahead of the 'Bhumi Pujan' in Ayodhya tomorrow. The order will be in force from 3pm on August 4 to 6 am on August 6, said the Kalaburagi City Police Commissioner. The Karnataka government has also issued a circular asking all temples in the state to offer special pooja during the 'Bhumi pooja' at Ayodhya tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath has organised a 'Hanuman Chalisa' path at his residence, ahead of the Ayodhya Ram Temple ceremony to take place tomorrow. He said - "Rajiv Gandhi is the one who opened the locks to the Ram Mandir. BJP does not have a monopoly on religion. party line is some thing that BJP thinks of, for us, it's the sentiment that matters." MP Congress has also donated 11 silver bricks to Ayodhya.

Religious rituals are under way in Ayodhya on Monday, ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony for a temple at a spot where devotees believe Lord Ram was born. Barricades are already in place in the temple town and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued an appeal, asking only those invited for Wednesday's "bhoomi pujan" ceremony to come to Ayodhya. Adityanath spent hours reviewing the arrangements for the ceremony at the Ram Janmabhoomi, where the temple will be constructed following the go-ahead last year by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, 'Ramarchan Puja', which is a prayer to invite all major gods and goddesses, begins at Ram Janambhoomi site, ahead foundation laying ceremony.

Here are the LIVE Updates on Ayodhya Event:

► On the eve of the ground-breaking ceremony, the Pune rural police on Tuesday issued an order warning action against people circulating inflammatory, misleading and objectionable content on social media. Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Baramati division Narayan Shirgaonkar has stated that citizens should refrain from circulating messages that could create confusion among people and cause a law and order situation. People are instructed not to circulate inflammatory, objectionable and false content on social media platforms and messaging applications, which could create a social and religious rift between communities, the order states.

Priyanka Gandhi Takes Stand on 'Ram Lalla' | After a long silence on the issue, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi finally spoke on the Ayodhya Temple ceremony - "Simplicity, courage, restraint, sacrifice, commitment, are the essence of the name Deenbandhu Rama. Ram is with everyone, Ram is with everyone. With the message and grace of Lord Rama and Mother Sita, the Bhoomipujan ceremony of the temple of Ramlala became an occasion for national unity, fraternity and cultural congregation."

Here's PM Modi's Tight Schedule for Ayodhya Ceremony Tomorrow | The rituals for 'Bhumi Pujan' for the Ram Temple ceremony in Ayodhya have begun. The foundation stone of the temple will laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, who has a packed schedule of three hours in Ayodhya. Read more here.

Litigant of Land Dispute Case Invited | Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has received an invitation to attend the foundation ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries will also remain present. Ansari, who has accepted the invitation, said that he believes that it was the wish of Lord Ram that he received the invitation for 'Bhoomi Pujan'.

Kamal Nath Asks People to Mark Occasion at Home | Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed to people to light lamps at their homes on Tuesday and Wednesday and recite 'Sunderkand' and 'Hanuman Chalisa' to mark the 'bhoomi pujan' for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Read more here.

Priest Tests Positive 2 Days Before Event | Just two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Ayodhya to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Temple, another priest at Ram Janmabhoomi has tested positive for COVID-19. Assistant priest at Ram Janmabhoomi, Prem Kumar Tiwari was found infected with the coronavirus, days after four police personnel and 'seh pujari' tested positive.

Covid-19 Test Necessary: Sources | As Ayodhya prepares for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, sources said that those invited will have to undergo a Covid-19 test, and only after testing negative will they be allowed to enter the event. Read more here.

Ram Janmabhoomi Trust's Official Twitter Account Gets Blue Tick | Days ahead of the much-awaited "bhoomi pujan" ceremony in Ayodhya to mark the beginning of the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya', the trust in charge of the construction at the erstwhile contested "Ram Janmabhoomi" got itself a verified Twitter account.

Here's a Look at the Losers, Gainers from Ayodhya Movement | No other event or movement has defined contemporary Indian history and politics more than the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute. The Supreme Court decision last year brought to an end the protracted case, paving the way for the construction of a temple precisely at the site where the mosque once stood. A case that has a history of legal dispute from 1857, however, truly came to influence Indian society and politics 1980 onwards. At the helm of it were some significant faces from different sides. People for the movement and the countermovement. Those who gained from the turmoil and those who lost.

Meet the 82-year-old Woman Fasting for Ram Temple | An 82-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh, a staunch devotee of Lord Ram, is ecstatic as preparations are underway for the shilanyas ceremony set to take place in Ayodhya on August 5. Urmila Devi had shunned food in 1992, when she was 54 years old, vowing to eat only after the temple came into existence. She was hopeful to witness the historical ceremony in Ayodhya, but the Covid-19 outbreak and her frail physical condition have deterred her from doing so.

After Initiation of Construction, Will There be Justice in Babri Masjid Demolition Case? On August 5, while all attention will be on Ayodhya with the first bricks for the construction of the Ram temple to be laid, 130 km away in Lucknow, a special CBI court will continue hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case. Some of the leading players of the temple movement may be present in Ayodhya on the day but, as accused in the demolition case, their fate will soon be decided by the court. Read more here.

Silver Bricks | Five silver bricks will also be set inside the sanctum sanctorum during the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony. The first will be laid by PM Modi. The five bricks are believed to symbolise the five planets as per the Hindu mythology. The design and the architecture of the temple is the same as the one proposed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) — the design will follow Vishnu temple's Nagara style while the 'garbha griha' will be octagonal.