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On August 5, PM Modi likely to launch postal stamps on Ram temple, Ramayana

To prepare the city for August 5, walls and pillars are being painted with pictures of Ram and scenes from the Ramayana and decorated with “rangoli”.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: July 30, 2020 8:29:34 am
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Apart from attending the “bhoomi pujan” for the Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to launch postal stamps on a symbolic model of the temple and the Ramayana.

Even as preparations are under way in Ayodhya for the occasion, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has appealed to “Ram Bhaktas” to “not be anxious to reach Ayodhya on August 5” and assured them they would get the opportunity to participate in the “Ram Janma Bhoomi Mandir Nirman Yagya” at an appropriate time in the future.

Y P Singh, director of Ayodhya Research Institute, told The Indian Express, “If things go as planned, then postal stamps will also be launched on August 5. One of these stamps is likely to be on a symbolic model of Ram Temple and another on scenes depicting the significance of Ram in other countries.”

He said Ayodhya Research Institute is preparing big posters and cut-outs of symbols of Ram Lila from different countries to depict the “cultural presence of Ram across the world”, and these would be put up on the route to the Ram Temple site.

He said preparations are also on to ensure non-stop recitation of Ram Charitra Manas at 25 locations on the 4.5-km route to be taken by the Prime Minister from Saket Degree College in Ayodhya — where his chopper will land — to the Ram temple site.

To prepare the city for August 5, walls and pillars are being painted with pictures of Ram and scenes from the Ramayana and decorated with “rangoli”.

Meanwhile, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust issued an appeal to people not to try to reach Ayodhya for “bhoomi poojan” considering the pandemic situation. Champat Rai, general secretary of the trust, said that the Ram Temple movement started in 1984 and since then crores of “Ram Bhakhta” have provided support, thus it would be their desire to be present for this occasion. However, he said, considering the pandemic situation, it is not possible.

“Thus, Ram Janma Bhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust makes an appeal to all Ram Bhaktas not to become anxious to reach Ayodhya and instead all should watch the live telecast on Doordarshan,” he said, and requested everyone to light lamps in their homes in the evening to mark the occasion.

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