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‘Lord Ram’s birthplace liberated’: PM Modi draws parallel with India’s independence movement

Drawing a parallel between India’s independence movement and Ram Temple movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asserted that people’s wait for centuries has ended as Lord Ram’s birthplace has been liberated from numerous attempts to eradicate his existence.

With the construction of Ram Temple beginning, India is now writing a “glorious chapter” in Ayodhya, Modi said.

Modi said “centuries” of people’s struggle to build the temple has culminated into this day which signifies those sacrifices and resolves as August 15 does for India’s freedom.

“Now a grand temple for our Ram Lalla, who lived in tent for years, will be built. The birthplace of Ram has been liberated from centuries of attempts to eradicate its existence. Monuments were destroyed… But Ram continues to live in our hearts. He is the basis of our culture,” Modi said.

Taking the stage after performing the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ in Ayodhya, Modi said that the Ram Temple will become a modern symbol of India’s traditions, devotion and national sentiment.

“Ram Mandir will become the modern symbol of our traditions. It’ll become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment. This temple will also symbolize the power of the collective resolution of crores of people. It will keep inspiring the future generations,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi urged attendees to chant ‘Jai Siya Ram’. He said, “Today the chants of ‘Jai Siya Ram’ is not only being heard in Ayodhya but it is audible across the world. On this pious day, I wish all the devotees of Lord Ram heartily.”

“A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram Janmbhoomi breaks free of the cycle of demolishing and rebuilding — that had been going on for centuries,” he added.

The Prime Minister further said he had to come to Ayodhya to fulfil the work of Lord Ram.