Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray reached Ayodhya on Wednesday and offered prayers at the Ram Temple here.
Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut and Eknath Shinde had reached Ayodhya on Tuesday to oversee arrangements for Thackeray’s visit.
Earlier, head of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray had announced his visit to Ayodhya on June 5 which was cancelled later. Soon after, Shiv Sena announced Thackeray’s Ayodhya visit.
Aaditya Thackeray has also said that to facilitate devotees from Maharashtra, CM Uddhav Thackeray will speak with UP CM Yogi Adityanath & ask for a space to build a Maharashtra Sadan in Ayodhya.
At the Lucknow airport, a large number of Shiva Sainiks accorded a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Thackrey, carrying the party flags, banners and raising full-throated cries of ‘Jai Shri Ram’, to which he reciprocated and said he looked forward to his trip to the holy place.
“Ayodhya is a place of faith for all… It is linked to Lord Ram. I have come here several times in the past few years in 2018, and 2019. My current visit is only for seeking darshan and blessings of Ram Lalla, there is no politics behind it,” claimed Thackeray Jr, son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
(With inputs from agencies)