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UP CM Yogi unveils 7-foot Ram statue in his maiden visit to Ayodhya post-elections

The wooden statue, which depicts 'Kodamb Ram', one of the stages in Lord Ram's life, is carved on a single piece of wood by an award-winning artist in Karnataka, said Ram Teerath, the administrative officer at the Institute.

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The wooden statue unveiled by UP CM Yogi Adityanath is carved on a single piece of wood by an award-winning artist in Karnataka. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

In his first visit to Ayodhya after the Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a seven-foot specially carved wooden statue of Ram and later in the day expressed a hope that the path for the construction of the Ram Temple here is cleared in keeping with the “sentiments of the country and the world.”

Adityanath, who visited Maniram Chavni later in the day to participate in the birthday celebrations of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, said that while the original copy of the constitution had an image of “Pushpak viman” carrying Ram to Ayodhya but governments that were formed in the country since 1947 had “distanced themselves from “Ram”.

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Teerath said that ‘Kodamb Ram’ is worshipped across the southern part of India. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

He claimed that it was only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power that work was undertaken to give Ayodhya its “identity”, right from Ramayana Circuit to promotion of its cultural heritage.

“Resolution of the problems related to Ram Janmabhoomi; and clearance of way for construction of Ram Temple in accordance with the sentiments of the country and the world,” said Adityanath in Ayodhya, while also making a wish for long life of Mahant Nrityagopal Das. “When Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, constructive work began for development of Ayodhya including that of Ramayana circuit,” claimed Adityanath, listing development works undertaken by the Centre as well as his government in the state for Ayodhya right from widening of Ram-Janki marga, organising Deepotsav, Ram Leela and starting a bus service from Janakpur in Nepal to Ayodhya.

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It is a special statue as it depicts Kodamb Ram, carrying a bow. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Referring to the recently formed BJP-led government at the Centre as one of the two significant events of the year along with Kumbh Mela, Adityanath said security of the country depended on this election. He said, “Once the country is secure, religion is secure and once religion is secure, all of us are secure,” Yogi said. Later in the day, Adityanath also visited makeshift temple at the disputed site and also offered prayers at Hanuman Gari temple.

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