A day before the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has issued a statement in support of the ceremony saying the event can be a celebration of national unity in India along with friendship and brotherhood among all.
In a statement on Tuesday, Priyanka Gandhi said, “With the blessings of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, the bhoomi pujan ceremony can become the foundation of national unity, brotherhood and cultural congregation.”
This is perhaps the first time in decades that a member of the Gandhi family has voiced open support and devotion for Lord Ram.
In her statement, Priyanka Gandhi has further said, “Simplicity, courage, restraint, sacrifice and commitment are the essence of the name Deenbandhu Rama. Ram is within everyone, Ram is with everyone.”
“A bhoomi pujan ceremony for the mandir at Ram Lalla’s birthplace has been scheduled for August 5. With the blessings of Lord Ram, this event will also be a celebration of national unity, friendship and cultural integration,” said Priyanka Gandhi in her statement.
With this statement, Priyanka Gandhi has for the first time plunged into an issue that despite originating in Uttar Pradesh, has had tremendous national bearings and reach over decades.
Priyanka Gandhi said for ages Lord Ram's character had served as a source of unity for the entire Indian sub continent.
सरलता, साहस, संयम, त्याग, वचनवद्धता, दीनबंधु राम नाम का सार है। राम सबमें हैं, राम सबके साथ हैं।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 4, 2020
भगवान राम और माता सीता के संदेश और उनकी कृपा के साथ रामलला के मंदिर के भूमिपूजन का कार्यक्रम राष्ट्रीय एकता, बंधुत्व और सांस्कृतिक समागम का अवसर बने।
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