Ayodhya Ram Temple
Gularam Ramnami, who came to the Ramnami fair in Sakti district of Chhattisgarh, has claimed that his ancestors had told 150 years ago that the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will take place between Shukla Paksha Ekadashi and Trayodashi. He said that 50 years ago our ancestors had told that the consecration of Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya would take place between Shukla Paksha Ekadashi and Trayodashi. Now on 22nd January, the consecration of Shri Ramlala is taking place in Ayodhya.
Speaking at the Ramnami fair going on in Jajepur, he said that our fair is also held on this date and it is a wonderful coincidence that the consecration of Ram Lalla is taking place at this time in the grand temple of Shri Ram. Don’t know what is happening on this date, what the pundits are telling is what our ancestors also told. Only Ram will tell this.
Gularam and his companions say that they are very happy as the words of their ancestors have been fulfilled. Describing about the Ramnami fair, Manharan Ramnami, who came from Khamhariya, said that the fair is organized every year on this date. One year on this side of Mahanadi and once on the other side of Mahanadi. Manharan told that we have been singing bhajans since 150 years ago. Earlier they used to sing small bhajans, after 15 years big bhajans started.
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This is the fourth generation that is singing bhajans.
Sejbana, who came from Saraskela, told that I have been singing bhajans since childhood. Have got Ram’s name tattooed since 7 years. My parents also used to sing bhajans. This is the fourth generation which is singing bhajans. The glory of the name Ram is limitless. The premises where all these people are singing bhajans. He has got Ram’s name written in that premises also. Ram’s name is written in his house. Ram’s name is written on the clothes. Ramnami are the worshipers of the name of Ram. Ramnamis said that worship Ram in any form, whether wearing saffron or getting tonsured, but do not discriminate. Don’t cheat. This is his message.
No meat and liquor within three km radius of the fair premises
Gularam says that meat and liquor are prohibited within a radius of three kilometers of the fair premises. Like people leave their shoes in the temple. Similarly, we believe that Ram resides in our hearts. We have written Ram’s name on every part of the body, so we have taken a pledge that we cannot contaminate our body. That’s why we abstain from meat and alcohol. Along with this, we also stay away from deceit and fraud. Gularam says that Ram belongs to everyone irrespective of caste and religion.
Everything dedicated to Lord Ram
He told that we have dedicated everything to our Ram. He has thousands of stories in the name of Ram – while narrating one story, Manharan tells that once there was a big flood in Mahanadi. Some Ramnami riders were in it and some people were ordinary people. The flow increased a lot. The sailor said that now remember the name of Ram, the end of everything has come to mind. Then sang a hymn in the name of Ram. Then the flow subsided and everyone returned safely to the shore. This is from 1911. We tell everyone this. The fair started filling up from this day itself.