Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
The Ram Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the city of Ayodhya in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, who is a major deity in the Hindu religion and is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The construction of the Ram Mandir has been underway, with the foundation stone being laid in August 2020 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The temple is expected to be completed in 2023 and will be one of the largest Hindu temples in the world.
The story of Lord Ram is an important part of Hindu mythology and is believed to be based on the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to the story, Lord Ram was the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, and was born in the Treta Yuga, which is one of the four major cycles of time in Hinduism.
Lord Ram was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya in the city of Ayodhya. He was married to Sita, the daughter of King Janaka, and they had two sons, Luv and Kush.
When Lord Ram was a young man, his father decided to crown him as the king of Ayodhya. However, his stepmother, Kaikeyi, who had been granted two boons by King Dasharatha, asked for her own son Bharat to be made king instead, and for Lord Ram to be sent into exile in the forest for fourteen years.
Lord Ram, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, lived in the forest for fourteen years, where they encountered many challenges and battles with demons. One of the most famous of these battles was with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, who had kidnapped Sita.
Lord Ram and his allies, including Hanuman and Sugriva, waged a fierce war against Ravana and his demon army, ultimately defeating them and rescuing Sita. Lord Ram and Sita were reunited and returned to Ayodhya, where Lord Ram was finally crowned king.
Lord Ram's reign was marked by peace and prosperity, and he is remembered as a just and wise ruler. His story has been celebrated in many forms of art and literature, and his character is considered to embody many virtues, including loyalty, courage, and righteousness.
"Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman" is a popular bhajan dedicated to Lord Ram. The bhajan was composed by the 16th-century poet-saint Tulsidas, and is often sung by devotees in praise of Lord Ram. Here is a short excerpt from the bhajan:
"Shri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajman Haran Bhav Bhaya Darunam Nav Kanj Lochan Kanj Mukh Kar Kanj Pad Kanjarunam"
"I sing the praise of Lord Ram, whose compassion destroys the fear of worldly existence. His eyes are like lotus petals, his face is as radiant as the moon, and his feet are soft like lotus petals."