Ayodhya Ram Temple’s entry closed amid huge rush for darshan following its grand opening

Ram Temple. Photo courtesy: UNI

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New Delhi/IBNS-CMEDIA: Entry for all vehicles and devotees on foot heading towards Ayodhya has been closed after a massive crowd gathered on Tuesday to offer prayers at the Ram Temple following its grand opening.

The Uttar Pradesh police issued an advisory, appealing to devotees not to visit Ayodhya Dham on January 23 because of the massive crowd at the Temple.

All vehicle routes have been diverted, and devotees arriving on foot are also not allowed to enter Ayodhya, it said.

In a social media post on X, Barabanki Police said, “Devotees planning to visit Ayodhya are humbly requested not to go on January 23 due to a massive crowd of pilgrims.

“Due to the massive rush, the routes of all vehicles heading towards Ayodhya have been diverted, and devotees on foot are also being stopped by the Barabanki police,” it added.

PM Modi inaugurates Ram Temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the much-awaited Ram Temple and unveiled the Ram Lalla idol in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.

Modi was accompanied by RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the rituals, which were performed by the Prime Minister.

From celebrities to politicians and seers, Ayodhya was overwhelmed by people from far and wide to witness a momentous religious event that will mark the course of Indian politics apart in coming days besides being a watershed event in Hinduism. Many of the rich and famous arrived in private jets for the ceremony.

A majority of Hindus claimed that the site was the birthplace of Lord Ram before Muslim Mughals razed a temple at the spot to build the Babri Masjid.

In a landmark verdict in 2019, the Supreme Court handed over the land to the Hindu community and ordered to allot a separate plot to Muslims.