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Bengal soil, water for Aug 5 ceremony

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Earth and water collected from holy places across West Bengal have made their way to Ayodhya, days ahead of the Ram temple’s foundation laying ceremony on August 5.
Over the last fortnight, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) volunteers were collecting soil and water from half-a-dozen rivers, apart from Gangasagar, the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of Bengal.

Earlier, VHP had said that water and soil from nearly a thousand rivers and holy sites across India would be sent to Ayodhya before the ground-breaking ceremony. On Thursday, a team of VHP volunteers reached Ayodhya with water and soil from Bengal that will be used in laying the foundation.

“Water has been collected from places such as Nabadwip and Mayapur in Nadia, Dakshineswar in North 24 Parganas, Jaydev Kenduli in Birbhum, Tribeni in Hooghly and Kalighat. Sacred soil from these sites has also been collected and a team has reached Ayodhya with that,” said VHP media in-charge Sourish Mukherjee.

Barring a few who have reached Ayodhya, VHP volunteers will observe the ceremony at their homes or nearby temples. Priests in at least 20 temples in south Bengal will perform rituals when the Ram temple’s foundation is laid, expectedly by the Prime Minister, in Ayodhya.

Bengal BJP leaders have planned day-long programmes on August 5. “Matua community across the state will perform yajna that day to commemorate the event. We have already sent a team to Ayodhya with water and soil from Thakurnagar,” said Bongaon MP Shantanu Thakur.

Source: Times of India

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