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Holy soil, water reaching Ayodhya from across India for 'bhoomi pujan'

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, July 30: As the day for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Poojan nears, efforts are being expedited to bring holy soil and water from major rivers across India to Ayodhya, through courier, 'rath yatra or by individuals, ahead of August 5, that is seen as a culmination of a long legal tangle.

The soil and water from Sangam -- the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati -- will reach Ayodhya today for the 'bhoomi pujan' of Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5. The soil and water were handed over to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders amidst chanting of mantras, on Wednesday. A three-member delegation of the VHP has carried the sacred soil and water to Ayodhya, all the way from Prayagraj, where the three rivers meet.

"A group of VHP leaders including VHP's Dharmacharya Sampark pramukh shambhu, and Prant sangthan mantri Mukesh Kumar and Meja resident, Sanju Lal Adivasi, (a Scheduled Tribe man) have collected the sacred soil and water amidst performing pujan through Vedic tradition on Wednesday," said VHP spokesman Ashwani Mishra in Prayagraj. � IANS

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