After the highly successful Chalo Ayodhya 2017 under the aegis of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Mr Sohan Goenka and friends from Hongkong, AroundDelhi.com had the privilege of organising the second addition of the tour- #ChaloAyodhya2018 from 10th-12th July 2018.
Day 1, 10th July
The programme started from Vishwa Hindu Parishad International office at RK Puram Delhi with registration and welcome of guests. There were 120 guests from India and across the World from 15 countries lead by Shri Sohan Goenka -President of World Hindu Economic Forum,Hongkong. The aim was to request the Central and the State Govt of UP to expedite the process of clearing the decks for making of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.
The meeting was addressed by Shri Milindji Parandey,General Secretary VHP, Shri Champat Rai ji Vice President and other VHP dignitaries. Mr Anand Goel Asst General Sec of VHP was the sanchalak for the meeting.
Ambiance Gurugram with gracious presence of central minister Shri Vijay Goel ji, U.P.Minister Nandi gopal Guptaji, M.P. Shri Rajendra Agarwal ji, Shri Indresh ji and distinguished members of IVF. The Chalo Ayodhya group was felicitated by IVF President Shri Ashok Agarwal ji and other esteemed guests.
After lunch the whole group was excited to meet Yogi ji at the CM house and boarded the buses to reach CM house at Kalidas Marg.
Every body took their seats in the elegant hall at CM house and waited patiently for Yogi ji's arrival.
And finally Yogi ji blessed the meeting with his divine presence and mesmerized all with simple but effective words. He welcomed the group and enlisted the work done to promote Ayodhya as a religious and tourist destination. He invited the group to attend the Kumb at Prayag in January 2019 and also to invest in the state.
Yogi ji and other dignitaries were presented with auspicious idols by Mr Sohan Goenka, Mr Raju Sabnani and Mr Suresh Pansari from the Chalo Ayodhya group. Auspicious Buddha was presented to Ms Rita Bahuguna, Tourism Minister UP by the ladies of the group. Mr Sudesh Agarwal and Mr Ramesh Lohia presented a shawl to Yogi ji from IVF.
The meeting concluded with a hearty dinner served to the guests at the CM house.
Guests started their long journey to Faizabad, a twin city of Ayodhya for their night stay. Reached past midnight and checked in to prepare for a early rise day next morning.
Day 3, July 12, 2018
Other stops were the Hanuman Garhi and Karyashala. Hauman garhi is build like a fort and takes 76 steps to reach. According to legends, Lord Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Ramkot, or the birthplace of Ram.
Karyashala is hte place where work is going on for many years of carving out the pillars for the Ram Mandir once the permission of construction of the Mandir goes through. Workers from many states work
And finally it was back to Lucknow after a simple and tasty lunch at VHP office Ayodhya.
Media Coverage of Chalo Ayodhya 2018
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