New York, Aug. 6:
The image of Lord Ram and the grand Ram Temple to be built in Ayodhya beamed across a giant billboard at the iconic Times Square in New York City where members of the Indian community gathered in large numbers to celebrate the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The bright image of Lord Ram, the grand temple and the Indian tri-colour beamed on a giant wrap-around LED display screen on Wednesday.
While the organizers had planned to beam the photos from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the image of Lord Ram and the temple was displayed for about four hours till 1 p.m.
Extremist groups can try to stymie us but they cannot silence Hindus. Come celebrate our RamJi in Times Square tonight at 7:30 for a diya lighting!! (there will be no displays in the evening), the organizers said on the website ramcelebration.org.
Prominent community leader and President of the American India Public Affairs Committee Jagdish Sewhani and organizer of the event said that the members of the Indian community gathered in huge numbers to celebrate the historic day when Prime Minister Modi performed the Bhoomi Pujan’ of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Dressed in cultural attires, members of the Indian diaspora from across the New York tri-state area and many traveling from other states gathered in the evening at Times Square where the organisers had planned to light diyas, sing Bhajans and distribute sweets.
Chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and waving flags and banners, the people celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the temple in Times Square.
Sources said that the company running the billboard cited legal obligations to say they could not run political advertisements. The sources, however, added that the image was not political in nature.