“I am here to ask Lord Ram’s blessings,” Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray said when he landed in Lucknow as part of his one-day visit on Wednesday.
Thackeray will offer prayers to Hanumangarhi, Ram Lalla in the evening and also attend Saryu aarti before returning to Lucknow from where he will return to Mumbai.
Speaking to the media at Lucknow Airport, he said: “We are coming to Ayodhya and Lord Ram is in our hearts. Even in 2018 when I first came we said ‘Pehle Mandir Fir Sarkar’. Now, after the court order, the construction of Ram temple has finally started. I am here to pray.
On the issue of the protest by a group of seers in Ayodhya, Thackeray said: “I will not enter into any allegation or counter allegation. It is a holy place and politics should be kept out of it. It is the land of Ram Rajya and the faith of millions of Indians is tied to Ayodhya. We are ardent followers of Lord Ram and today I am only here for darshan. We pray to do only good deeds.
The Minister will travel to Ayodhya from Lucknow by road. He has reached the ISKCON temple where he will perform a puja. He is expected to hold a press conference in Ayodhya around 3:30 p.m.
He will then visit Hanumangarhi, after which he will take Ram Lalla’s darshan. At 6:30 p.m. he will attend the Saryu aarti before returning to Lucknow at around 7:30 p.m.
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“When we first came in 2018, we said ‘pehle mandir, phir sarkaar’…I will offer prayers and receive blessings…the land is not political, it is the land of ‘Ram Rajya ‘”, did he declare. pic.twitter.com/E8y5NSHqBJ
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Ayodhya District Administration has finalized all preparations for Thackeray’s visit. About 1051 lamps will be lit for Saryu aarti which will be formed of 5 Bedis.
Shiv Sainiks has been busy decorating Saryu Ghat for the aarti.
He will make Ma Saryu’s abhishek with 1.5 tons of milk. Thackeray’s aarti should last 30 minutes.
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