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Lata Mangeshkar birth anniversary: PM Modi inaugurates chowk in Ayodhya after late singer

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On the occasion of the famous Lata Mangeshkar’s 93rd birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an intersection in Ayodhya named for the late playback singer.

At the chowk, a 40-foot-long and 12-foot-high sculpture of a veena etched with a depiction of Goddess Saraswati was placed.

 “The veena of Maa Saraswati installed at Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya will become a symbol of musical harmony,” the PM said while virtually addressing the inauguration programme of the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Chowk’ in Ayodhya.

“The 92 white lotus of marble in the chowk complex depict Lata Ji’s lifespan,” said PM Modi.

He added that Ram is about to come to the grand temple of Ayodhya and before that, the name of Lata didi, who has honored the name of Ram among crores of people, has been established with the city of Ayodhya forever.

Further, he said, “I remember when Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya was done, I got a call from Lata didi. She was delighted… She couldn’t believe that the construction of Ram Mandir was finally starting.”

The prime minister added that the late singer was one such seeker of Goddess Saraswati, who stunned the whole world with her divine voice.

PM Modi said, “I have so many memories associated with Lata didi, so many emotional and affectionate memories.”

The familiar sweetness of her voice mesmerized me every time he spoke to her, the prime minister stated.

PM Modi emphasised that the chowk in Ayodhya named for the singer will also serve as a source of inspiration for everyone involved in the country’s arts and culture. The location will demonstrate that, in addition to being linked to India’s heritage while moving forward, it is also our responsibility to bring India’s art and culture to every corner of the world, the prime minister added.

Taking pleasure in India’s thousands of years of history, he stated that it is also our job to pass on Indian culture to the next generation.

He went on to say that Lord Ram is on his way to the temple in Ayodhya, but first the name of Lata Didi, who honours the name of Rama, would be established within the city of Ayodhya.

Our civilization’s emblem is the ram. Ram is the living embodiment of our morality, values, dignity, and sense of responsibility, according to the prime minister.

Ram is entrenched in every particle of India, PM Modi added, from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram.

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