Ayodhya, August 4
Police barricades, yellow banners, partitions with a recent coat of paint and the sounds of bhajan mark elements of Ayodhya as the town awaits its huge day Wednesday, when the primary brick shall be laid for the Ram temple.
Ayodhya is decked up for the bhoomi pujan that shall be attended on the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 individuals, who determine in a choose visitor checklist of seers and politicians topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Concerned over the unfold of coronavirus, the authorities are encouraging others to not come to the temple city, asking them to mark the event by celebrating at their properties. The groundbreaking ceremony shall be telecast reside.
Roads resulting in Ayodhya show hoardings with the image of the proposed Ram temple and of Ram Lalla, the toddler Ram, the deity now housed in a makeshift temple.
Around the city’s Hanumangarhi area—named after a widely known temple which Modi will go to on Wednesday— each police sirens and ‘bhajans’ in reward of Ram are heard.
Most of the outlets within the locality put on a brand new look, with their fronts painted in vivid yellow. Numerous policemen had been deployed there on Tuesday. Some sat within the candy outlets, ready for his or her subsequent directions.
Roads main into the realm are barricaded. Yards of yellow material and marigold garlands had been being held on poles.
Even on the day earlier than the occasion, safety checks on automobiles heading to Ayodhya start from adjoining Barabanki district itself on the Lucknow-Ayodhya highway. Policemen take down particulars, together with cellular numbers of the travellers.
Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar stated the main focus of the pressure is on sustaining the COVID-19 protocol.
“So we are not going to allow any outsider to enter Ayodhya city,” he stated. Prohibitory orders are additionally in pressure and less than 4 individuals shall be allowed to assemble.
“The markets and shops will remain open but with strict adherence to the COVID protocol,” he stated. Outsiders shall be stopped from coming into the town, however Ayodhya residents shall be allowed in in the event that they produce any identification doc.
“We are also carrying out random checks on people living in Ayodhya to ensure that no outsiders are staying here,” he stated.
The metropolis’s temples and mosques will stay open, however no different non secular occasion – apart from the bhoomi pujan – will happen on Wednesday.
Pickets have been arrange at delicate factors within the metropolis.
Sub-inspector Ram Chandra Yadav and constables Avnish Kumar and Ankit Chaudhary man the Terhi Bazar Chauraha picket close to the Ram Janmabhoomi website.
“We are here for the past some days, and were on duty on the Rakshabandhan day. Duty comes first and only after that come other things in life, like festivals,” Yadav stated.
Mayank Gupta, who runs a restaurant, was handing out meals packets to policemen, his prospects.
“For the last two months, I have been providing tiffin to them twice a day. There are around 100 policemen to whom I supply tiffin,” Gupta stated. PTI