Sri Lankan MP Namal Rajapaksa, visited the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Friday (Feb 9), saying that he felt honoured and blessed to visit the shrine. Speaking to media after visiting the Ram Mandir, he said with the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Bhagwan Ram, the old glory has been restored to the original birthplace of the deity.

“We are glad to be here. We are privileged and honoured to receive the blessings of Bhagwan Ram at his abode in Ayodhya. It is more special for me as I identify myself as a Sri Lankan connected to Ramayan trail and growing up in a background rooted in Buddhist culture while also being very close to the Hindu community. It is, indeed, a great honour for me and my wife to be here today. We feel blessed to be here,” he said.

“It’s a great thing that the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) himself got involved (in raising the Ram Mandir in the Ayodhya) and got this done. We believe that Bhagwan Ram’s birthplace has returned to its glory days. I’m sure there are many devotees from all over the world like me who are waiting for an opportunity to visit this magnificent temple and seek the blessings of Bhagwan Ram,” Rajapaksa said.

Earlier, on Thursday, a delegation from Fiji, led by Deputy Prime Minister Biman Prasad, embarked on a spiritual journey to Ayodhya to experience the divinity around the grand abode of Bhagwan Ram.

The delegation, representing the Indian diaspora in Fiji, arrived at Maharshi Valmiki Airport in Ayodhya on Thursday, eager to partake in the religious and cultural significance of the sacred city.

In a media interaction, the Deputy PM of Fiji highlighted the profound connection of Fijian citizens of Indian origin to their roots during the visit to Ayodhya. The idol of Prabhu Shri Ram Lalla was unveiled to devotees across the world after the rituals.