NEW DELHI: While the holy town of Ayodhya is being decked up and preparations are in full swing ahead of the Ram Temple Bhoomi Pujan on August 5, the ancient city has a unique visitor these days. His name is Dev Parashar. After watching the popular Zee News show DNA, which is hosted by the channel’s Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Choudhary, this ten-year-old embarked on a noble mission to visit the homes of martyrs, who made supreme sacrifice for the sake of the motherland.
Dev Parashar’s goal is to visit the homes of at least 11,000 martyrs, meet their families and collect soil from their homes. After visiting a martyr’s house, Dev Parashar, who has now become popular as ‘Little Soldier’, places a tricolour on the rooftop of the house.
Dev Parashar’s family says their boy got this inspiration after watching an episode of the extremely popular Zee News show DNA aired on July 2, 2018. During the show, its host Sudhir Chaudhary had appealed to the countrymen to express solidarity with the families of the martyrs, help them and show them that the whole country stands with them.
Dev Parashar has now reached Ayodhya with the soil collected from the homes of some martyrs in an earthen pot. The soil collected from the martyrs’ homes has been handed over to the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which is overseeing the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Prakash Sharma, a close associate of Trust secretary-general Champat Rai, said that this soil will be used during ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ as a mark of respect to the martyrs who made supreme sacrifices in keeping the sovereignty of the nation.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will on Sunday (August 2) visit Ayodhya to take stock of preparations for the Ram temple foundation stone laying ceremony.
Grand preparations for Ram Temple ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ are underway across Uttar Pradesh. On August 4-5, prayers will be held in Mathura, Kashi, Chitrakoot, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur and Naimisharanya and texts of Akhand Ramayana will be recited.