The Ram mandir being built in Ayodhya will be ‘the national temple of India’, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said today after an event to lay the foundation stone of the temple’s ‘garbhagriha’, or sanctum sanctorum, reported Hindustan Times.
Yogi declared ‘people have been waiting for this day since a long time, and claimed, “Ram mandir will be a symbol of India’s unity.”
“The construction work of Ram mandir in Ayodhya was started by prime minister Narendra Modi almost two years ago.
The work is successfully proceeding and we are fortunate the ritual of keeping the stones in the ‘garbhagriha’ was initiated today,” Yogi was quoted by news agency ANI.
In videos shared by ANI, Yogi can be seen placing a red brick into the side of a wall that has been covered in garlands and intricate carvings as a priest chants religious slokas.