President of India Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that without Ram, Ayodhya is not Ayodhya.
The President who visited the temple town of Ayodhya, inaugurated a Ramayan conclave.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that this event is very important to promote cultural and religious tourism.
He added that there was neither discrimination in 'Ram Rajya', nor was there a law of punishment. "The lines of Ram Charitramanas give hope," he said.
He further said, "Ayodhya exists where there is Ram. Lord Ram resides permanently in this city, and hence, in the true sense, this place is Ayodhya."
President Ram Nath Kovind later took to Twitter and wrote, "The popularity of Ram Katha is not only in India but worldwide. There are many readable forms of Ram Katha, including Ram Charitramanas of Goswami Tulsidas in north India, Kritivas Ramayana in the eastern part of India, Kamban Ramayana in the south."
रामकथा की लोकप्रियता भारत में ही नहीं बल्कि विश्वव्यापी है। उत्तर भारत में गोस्वामी तुलसीदास की रामचरित-मानस, भारत के पूर्वी हिस्से में कृत्तिवास रामायण, दक्षिण में कंबन रामायण जैसे रामकथा के अनेक पठनीय रूप प्रचलित हैं।— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2021
रामकथा का साहित्यिक, आध्यात्मिक और सांस्कृतिक प्रभाव मानवता के बहुत बड़े भाग में देखा जाता है। भारत ही नहीं विश्व की अनेक लोक-भाषाओं और लोक-संस्कृतियों में रामायण और राम के प्रति सम्मान और प्रेम झलकता है।— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2021
"I am happy to be here among you all. I believe that Ramayana is such a unique book that gives a message to human beings to follow the values of life. I think when my family named me, they must have had the same reverence for Ram," he said.
The President also congratulated chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his team for starting the conclave.
The reading material related to Lord Ram, from around the world, is being compiled by the Ayodhya Research Institute.
Governor Anandiben Patel, deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh were also present at the conclave.
President Kovind inaugurated Ramayana Conclave at Ayodhya. He also laid foundation stones of some projects of Government of Uttar Pradesh aimed at promoting culture and tourism.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2021
Details: https://t.co/2UCmFUmdWf pic.twitter.com/qtPpLrogSW