With Jai Siya Ram, PM Modi departs from Jai Shri Ram chant at bhoomi pujan

With Jai Siya Ram, PM Modi departs from Jai Shri Ram chant at bhoomi pujan

In a departure from the usual practice of chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday began his address in Ayodhya with the chant of ‘Jai Siya Ram’, a call for both Sita and Ram.

Over the past years, calls of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ have been popularised by leaders and politicians over the ‘Jai Siya Ram’ call in which both Lord Ram and Mata Sita are remembered.

However, soon after performing the bhoomi pujan for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, PM Modi took the stage and greeted the guests with ‘Jai Siya Ram’.

During his address at the Ram Janmabhoomi Sthal, PM Modi said, “The call of Jai Siya Ram is resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world today. I express gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on this pious occasion.”

Beginning his speech with ‘Jai Siya Ram’, the prime minister told the gathering that a grand temple will be built for Ram Lalla, the infant Ram, who had been living in a temporary tent for years.

Sending out the message that "Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all", Modi said the temple symbolises India's rich heritage and will be an inspiration for all of humanity.

Despite efforts to eradicate Lord Ram's existence, he lives in our hearts and is the basis of our culture, Modi said.

"Social harmony was the core principle of Lord Ram's governance," the prime minister said.

Citing Lord Ram's message, PM Modi said the more powerful India gets, the more it will be loved and remain peaceful.