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Thousands draped in saffron adorned the streets, dancing, waving flags, and lighting up temples with diyas as the nation rejoiced in Diwali-like celebrations on Monday. The festive spirit spread across cities, towns, and villages as people came together to recite hymns and devotional songs dedicated to Lord Ram. The occasion marked the inauguration of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Cities witnessed rallies, rangolis, and vibrant processions. Diwali-like festivities filled the air as central and most state governments declared a half-day holiday, while some like Maharashtra observed a public holiday. Uttar Pradesh declared a ‘dry day,’ restricting the sale of meat dishes.
From Delhi to Jaisalmer, Sundarkand recitals, rallies, and ‘bhandaras’ were organized. Political leaders, including CM Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, expressed their joy and admiration for the historic moment.
Temples across Punjab, Jammu, and Katra were adorned for prayers, langars, and processions. Himachal Pradesh honored temple volunteers, while Jharkhand showcased a massive Rangoli and special prayers.
Gujarat burst into celebrations with crackers, Garba, and prayer meetings. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee led an all-faith rally, promoting religious harmony.
Artists in Odisha crafted replicas, while Chhattisgarh CM hailed the historic moment. Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Kerala celebrated with prayers, processions, and festive decorations.
The northeast, including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, lit up temples and ‘namghars,’ while Tripura and Nagaland witnessed religious ceremonies.
The nationwide celebration reflected unity and joy as devotees and citizens commemorated the historic event, expressing their faith and devotion to Lord Ram.