an Khurshid In Ayodhya, barricades and police pickets were placed on all major roads, including the Faizabad-Ayodhya

road. The Saryu bridge, connecting Ayodhya to Gonda and Basti, was sealed off."Nobody came here to perform the havan as announced by VHP. We just conducted our daily ritual, there was no VHP programme. Perhaps it was God's wish," said Pujari Suraj Das of Makhauda temple. But claiming that a group of sants from Jaipur had offered prayers at the Saryu ghat, VHP leaders announced their decision to continue the parikrama. They said a new batch of sants would resume the yatra from the place designated for the night halt.