Indian PM Modi launches Ayodhya’s Ram Temple; urges youth to combine modernity with tradition

Asha Bajaj
4 min readJan 25, 2024
Ram Temple. Photo courtesy: X/@BJP4India

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Ayodhya/IBNS-CMEDIA: “Time for Ram to Rashtra consciousness now, time to take pride in tradition and combine it with modernity,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his powerful speech with his trademark style of oration, moments after inaugurating Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.

Invoking Ram with inclusive national consciousness and referring to India’s solar and lunar missions for the youth urging them to combine tradition with modernity, Modi addressed thousands of people, including the country’s top celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Rajinikanth, Sachin Tendulkar, in a grand ceremony which is widely viewed as a slow start to the campaigning for the upcoming General Elections.

Eleven days after beginning fasting for the ceremony, Modi arrived at the grand Ram Temple, where the dignitaries have been flocking in since the morning, at around 12 noon and went on to perform the rituals for the consecration ceremony.

During the entire time of rituals, Modi was flanked by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and very significantly Mohan Bhagwat, who is the head of the ruling BJP’s ideological patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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In an hour-long speech post consecration, Modi, who will seek a third straight term in power a few months later, said, “Kalchakra (cycles of time) is changing. Our generation has been chosen for this.”

“This is the time. This is the right time. We have to lay the foundation of a thousand year from today,” he said and added, “Time for Ram to Rashtra consciousness now.” “There is no time for despair now. No one is small now. Do not underestimate yourself,” he said.



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