Saffron flags, loud music & huge crowd — How Ram temple donation drive rally was held in MP

Right-wing groups organised a rally Sunday to raise awareness about the Ram temple donation drive. ThePrint's Praveen Jain brings you snapshots from Bhopal.

Women stand with folded hands as the awareness rally organised by Hindu groups like VHP pass by to promote the upcoming fundraising drive for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Representational image of an awareness rally for the Ram temple donation drive | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Bhopal: Right-wing groups including the Vishva Hindu Parishad organised an awareness rally for the Ram temple donation drive, which took off from Khajuri village in the Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh Sunday amid saffron flags, blaring music and a huge crowd. The local police was also present.

The rally started at around 4 pm, with the organisers and children sitting inside an open jeep informing people about the drive. Women came out in large numbers and even sang devotional songs. The DJ too played devotional songs as children danced to the tunes.

Similar rallies are being organised across the country to inform the people about the upcoming donation drive for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The drive will begin from 15 January.

“We were informed about this rally by a local and we decided to be part of Ram ji ki baraat,” said Kaanta Mevada, a resident of Khajuri.

More such rallies and processions will be organised in the next few days.

A girl smiles as the rally pass by | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A girl smiles as the rally passes by. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children dancing in front of the vehicle carrying saffron flags | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children dancing in front of the vehicle, carrying saffron flags. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women join in a large number to be part of the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women join the rally in large numbers. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children dancing in front of the vehicle | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children dancing in front of vehicles. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women join in a large number to be part of the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Residents stand across the street to catch a glimpse of the rally.| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Residents stand across the street to catch a glimpse of the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women take part in the rally. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man with a Hanuman gada dances in front of the crowd | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man with a Hanuman mace (gada) dances in front of the crowd. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Soon after the rally ended kids try and grab water pouches | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children try to grab water pouches after the end of the rally. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children break into a dance as DJ plays remixed devotional songs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children break into a dance as DJ plays remixed devotional songs. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
An old man looks past the rally attended by the residents of Khajuri | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
An old man looks at the rally attended by the residents of Khajuri | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Organisers sitting inside an open jeep informing people about the drive | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Organisers sitting inside an open jeep informing people about the drive. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Saffron flags, jeeps and cars used in the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Saffron flags, jeeps and cars used in the rally. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint