A virtual national prayer will be held at the Hindu temples in North America to celebrate the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya on 5 August, Hindu religious groups have announced, reports Times of India.
In a statement on Friday (31 July), the Hindu Mandir Priests’ Conference (HMPC) and the Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMPC) called for a virtual collective national prayer across America to celebrate the Shri Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan at Ayodhya.
On the auspicious occasion, the temples across the US, Canada and Caribbean Islands will join in offering seva (service) in the “Lotus feet” of Lord Rama on the eve of the Ram Mandir reconstruction poojan (prayer), the statement said.
“For a joyful global Hindu community, the historic ceremony on August 5, 2020, marks the ushering of a new era. We should cherish and celebrate this day as a festival now, and forever in the future,” Pandit Krishna Kumar Pandey, founder, president and Acharya of the Shiv Durga Temple in Bay Area, California was quoted as saying.
It should be noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan ceremony in Ayodhya on 5 August.
Vishwa Parishad of America said that it will be organising prayers across the North America to mark the historic occasion. A collective chanting by priests in North America will be held, followed by a devotional song by singers Anup Jalota and Sanjeevani Bhelande.