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Over 160 million people watched the live, ‘Ayodhya Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony.

Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])

Over 160 million people watched the live telecast of the Ayodhya Ram Temple Bhumi Pujan ceremony this week, resulting in viewership of more than 7 billion viewing minutes across the TV universe in India, according to the state broadcaster Doordarshan.

The viewership is of Doordarshan’s live coverage which was carried by nearly 200 TV channels during the main events between 10:45 am and 2pm on Wednesday, the 5th of August 2020, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti tweeted.

Television monitoring agency BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) did not respond to Mint’s queries on whether the figures were accurate.

The foundation stone-laying ceremony in Ayodhya was attended by 175 dignitaries including 135 religious leaders. Last November, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of the temple with its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

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