Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered prayers to Ram Lalla at the Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya, which was decked up in all its finery to celebrate the historic foundation-stone laying function of the Ram Mandir.
PM Modi, who has a packed schedule of three hours in Ayodhya, first arrived in Lucknow from Delhi by air and then took a chopper to Ayodhya.
After praying at Hanumangarhi, he reached the Ram Janambhoomi premises, which was followed by 'Darshan' and puja of 'Ram Lalla'. He also planted a 'Parijat' sapling at the site of 'Ram Janambhoomi'.
The main rituals of 'Hawan' and 'Puja' started in the presence of PM Modi at around 12:30pm and after a gap of 10 minutes at around 12:40 pm, he finally lay the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Temple.
PM Modi bows down before Ram Lalla at the Janmabhoomi.
At around 01:10 pm the Prime Minister may meet Nrityagopal Das Vedanti along with members of the Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. Then, by 2:04 pm, he will reach back at the helipad and then take a flight back to Lucknow at around 2:20 pm.
The Ayodhya District Administration is on alert regarding PM Modi's visit on August 5 and a digital security plan has also been prepared for the purpose.
In coordination with security agencies and the SPG, the district administration has prepared a blueprint for Modi's security, with seven zones created including Hanumangarhi and banks of the Saryu. Modi is likely to visit Hanumangarhi — keeping this in mind traffic on the old Saryu bridge is likely to be stopped. All roads leading to the Ram Janmabhoomi from the Ayodhya main road will be sealed.
The route from Jalpa Mandir to Naya Ghat will be a super safety zone; however, Modi will only cover the 1-km stretch from Saket College to the venue on this route. Many barriers have already been activated on this route. Restrictions will be in place two days before Modi's arrival.
Due to security concerns, normal traffic on these routes will be stopped on August 5.