Updated December 24th, 2023 at 00:41 IST
Locals upbeat, say Ram temple inauguration will boost business, employment
"I used to sell all items on the road. It was difficult. Now I have a place, I don’t worry. Everything will change," an elderly woman vendor said.
Ayodhya: As the city sees remarkable progress ahead of the January 22 Ram Temple consecration ceremony, the locals are optimistic that the ancient place will find its lost glory in the years to come. With Ram temple construction in full swing, Ayodhya is undergoing a massive revamp on all fronts.
All of its major spots are being refurbished. The Rampath, which used to be a congested lane, has now been widened and restructured in a way that is appealing to the eyes. The roadside stalls in sprawling suburbs have all been converted into full-fledged stores by the government. Entire lanes have been beautified and have been painted in white, beige and saffron to make it look like Lord Ram’s Ayodhya. “I am positive that once Ram Temple is opened for all, Ayodhya will witness a massive tourist influx. This will help my business. Lord Ram is back in Ayodhya, everything will fall in place now,” said a sweet shop owner.
Similar sentiments were echoed by an elderly woman who has been selling religious relics on a footpath since decades. “Finally I have got a shop, I used to sell all these items on the road. It was difficult. Now I have a place, I don’t worry about the safety of the goods. I am sure once the concentration ceremony is done, Ayodhya’s fate will change. The whole town's fate will change,” the woman said.
Akin to Rampath, the Bhaktipath, which gets its name from Lord Hanuman’s devotion for Lord Ram, is also witnessing massive renovation. The entire lane will have large pieces of art depicting stories from holy scripture Ramayana. "The beautification will attract crowds here, this will become the new selfie point," said local youths.
Similarly, a man, who owns a canteen at the Saryu River front, said, “I have always wanted to expand my business, I am sure that after Ram Temple is opened for all, my canteen will see influx of customers. I want to expand my menu too, will do that soon.”
Published December 24th, 2023 at 00:41 IST