Aerial Banner Celebrating Ayodhya Thrills Houstonians
India-West Staff Reporter
HOUSTON, TX – On January 28, in response to the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, an aerial banner celebrating this, soared over the city’s GSH ICC, West Bellfort, Pearland, Sugar Land, and Hillcroft Gandhi District.
The sunny and clear blue skies provided a perfect canvas as several members of the public stood transfixed, their eyes drawn to the spectacle above, organizers said. The pilot and the banner were greeted by chants of “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram) from those gathered on the ground.
Rekha Singh watched from a location on Hillcroft. “We had come with the family for lunch at a restaurant and were attracted by the crowd outside looking at the sky above and were drawn outside out of curiosity. We were lucky to see the banner and joined in the chorus of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as it circled overhead. This unique experience will leave behind a lasting memory,” she said.
The project, titled “Embracing the Skies, the Universe Chants Jai Shri Ram” was conceived by Houstonians, Umang Mehta and assisted by Dr. Kusum Vyas with support from International Hindi Association (IHA) and K T Bombay Bazaar. Other team members were Achalesh Amar and Anant Srivastava, a press release said.
Umang Mehta said, “We are celebrating the inauguration of Shree Ram Mandir. Our main aim was to send a refreshing message that resonated with members of the Hindu community in a captivating and unforgettable way. Shri Ram is one of the most widely worshipped Hindu deities regarded as the embodiment of chivalry and virtue”.
“Genuinely the clear skies were lit up in Houston with Shri Ram chants and names,” said Swapan Dhairyawan, of IHA “We are immensely proud of this divine moment which amalgamated Sanskriti, bhasha and Bhartiya asmita on the occasion of Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya.”