of Lata Mangeshkar Chowk Located in the heart of Ayodhya, the hotel has become a stopover for many locals and tourists who use the roundabout to reach the site of the Ram Temple under construction. Constructed by the government of Uttar his Pradesh to mark the 93rd anniversary of the legendary singer’s birth, the chowk was inaugurated de facto by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 September.
“The roundabout reflects the magnificence of what Ayodhya is about to develop with the Ram Temple.It is also a wonderful tribute to Lata Mangeshkar Ji. I am,” said a tourist from Una, in Mahendra Ranamadhya Pradesh. (Please also read: Despite border tensions, Tawang thrives as an attractive tourist destination )
Located on the road leading to Faizabad, the Chowk connects the Saryu Ghats (Naya Ghats) on one side and the Ram Path leading to the site of the Ram Temple under construction on the other side. It is here that most visitors begin their tour of the city and journey to the temples.
“I am from Ayodhya. We know this chowk as Naya Ghat Chowk. I like how it has become a landmark. said Ajeet Pandey, a year-old college student. He clicked on a picture of his friend near a 40-foot-long, 14-tonne veena set up on a roundabout.
Lata Mangeshkar’s ram bhajan is played in a loop on speakers as tourists approach the chalk avoiding traffic jams. Some stand on the outer boundary, while others cross the inner boundary to take pictures and selfies before embarking on their next journey.
Jhansi resident Abhishek Pal Singh stopped briefly at the roundabout with his family. “We came to Ayodhya for his first time in 4 years.Chowk is a welcome change.Last time this place was traffic jam.After taking photos here,we visited Ram Temple and in the evening I will join Artie of Ghat,” he said.
Constructed of red sandstone, the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk surrounds a small tank with a giant veena towering in its center that arouses the curiosity of onlookers. This instrument has an important place in Indian classical music and is known as the instrument of Goddess Saraswati. Inside a small tank are his 92 white marble lotus flowers, symbolizing the 92 years of Rathaman Geshkar’s life.
“The construction cost of the project is approximately ¥7.9 million. The veena in the center was designed by Padma Prize winner Ram V. Stahl, who is also the architect of the Unification Statue,” said Vishal Singh, vice chairman of the Ayodhya Development Board.
On either side of the roundabout are police outposts and LCD screens. One on the Ram Path side was playing deep his Diwali celebration video and animation of his Ram temple under construction and the other was off. There is also an elevated police station, but when the PTI visited it, it was empty and hung with large posters with pictures of BJP leaders.
A 15-foot-tall statue of Lord Hanuman holds Ram and Lakshman in a metal enclosure next to the roundabout bus station. A poster with a picture of Lata Mangeshkar and Sursamraj Bharat Ratan Sushri Lata Mangeshkar Chowk written in red hangs on a stand.
During Chowk’s inauguration, Modi said he was captivated by the sweetness of the singer’s voice whenever he spoke to her. Many of her compatriots sang Lord Ram’s darshan through her songs such as hymns such as ‘Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo’ and Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite ‘Vaishnav Jan’. ” he said.
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