A street-food seller in West Bengal's Siliguri is offering free meals to customers on Monday to celebrate the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
Rahul, who runs a dosa stall in Siliguri, said the day was an "opportunity to bring people together and share a message of communal harmony".
"Eat as much as you want, now that Ramji (Lord Ram) is here, he will look after all of us and end all our worries," Rahul said with a glee on his face.
Rahul also sought the help of his customers to spread information about his "special offer" on Monday.
"The offer is especially in view of the grand Ram temple opening. It is a celebration that we will be witnessing and be a part of after decades of hardship,” Rahul further said.
When asked if the distribution of free meals would affect his business, Rahul smiled and explained, "People have made larger sacrifices to see Lord Ram be enshrined where he was born and this is my little contribution to the happiness in the air".
"This is a beautiful example of how a small act of kindness can bring people closer. Ravi has set an inspiring precedent. It is a noble cause. To feed people without charging is something one with a big heart can offer," a customer told India Today TV.
The temple town of Ayodhya basked in religious fervour on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed the 'pran pratishtha' or consecration of the idol of Ram Lalla.
The 'pran pratishtha' of the idol of Ram Lalla -- the childhood form of Lord Ram -- was attended by people from all walks of life, including representatives of major spiritual and religious sects of the country, tribal communities and actors.