Ayodhya, Jan 22: Today marks the eagerly anticipated inauguration of the majestic Ram temple in Ayodhya. The consecration ceremony, known as 'pran pratistha,' will be conducted with the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and approximately 7,000 distinguished guests.
Scheduled to commence at 12:20 pm, the 'pran pratishtha' at the Ram Mandir is expected to conclude by 1 pm. Overseeing the intricate rituals are 121 Acharyas, with Varanasi's Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid guiding the processes, and Varanasi's Laxmikant Mathuranath Dixit serving as the chief Acharya.
The installation of the new 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, skillfully crafted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, took place on January 17. Positioned in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple on January 18, the idol was a crucial part of the consecration ceremony that commenced on January 16, featuring "prayaschit" and "karmakuti" puja.
As the ceremony unfolds, Ayodhya is under a comprehensive multi-layer security cover. Approximately 10,000 CCTV cameras and AI-equipped drones monitor the movements of people, while plainclothes police personnel are strategically deployed at the venue. Additionally, multiple National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, specializing in handling various emergencies, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear incidents, drowning, and earthquakes, are on standby for this grand event.
On January 19, events such as 'Aushadhivas,' 'kesaradhivas,' and 'ghritadhivas' were conducted, followed by 'dhanyadhivas' on the same day. Additionally, 'sugardhivas,' 'fruitdhivas,' and 'pushpadhivas' were observed on January 20.
The occurrences of 'Madhyadhivas' and 'shayadhivas' occurred on January 21.
The initiation of the 'pran pratishtha' process commenced on January 16, featuring the 'prayaschit' and 'karmakuti' puja conducted on the same day.
On January 17, the 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, skillfully crafted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, was introduced to the premises. Subsequently, on January 18, it was reverently placed within the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.
Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to participate in the 'pran pratishtha' ceremony at the magnificent Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The Prime Minister has diligently prepared for this grand event over the past 11 days, adhering to rigorous rituals.
The temple itself will comprise five pavilions, namely Dance, Color, Sabha, Prayer, and Kirtan Pavilions.
Entrance to the temple is facilitated from the east side, involving the ascent of 32 stairs from Singhdwar.
The Ram Mandir's measurements are as follows: a length of 380 feet from east to west, a width of 250 feet, and a height of 161 feet.
Upon its completion, the temple will stand as a three-story structure, with each floor boasting a height of 20 feet. The overall design includes 392 pillars and 44 gates.
The Ayodhya Ram temple follows the traditional Nagar architectural style, prevalent in the areas surrounding Malwa, Rajputana, and Kalinga. Elaborate carvings of Gods and Goddesses embellish both pillars and walls.
Notably, Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Vivek Oberoi, along with director Madhur Bhandarkar, were sighted at the Mumbai airport as they embarked on their journey to Ayodhya for the grand inauguration ceremony of the Ram Mandir. When questioned about his journey, Anupam Kher remarked, "We have eagerly anticipated this day for quite a while."
A massive assembly has congregated at New York Times Square to commemorate the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The resounding beats of dhols and the reverberating chants of 'Jai Shri Ram' echoed through the iconic business hub, with hundreds of Hindus actively engaging in the joyous celebrations.
The floral selection comprises chrysanthemums, gerberas, orchids, and exotic varieties like anthuriums and lilies.
These flowers, with each type showcasing different colors, have been sourced from Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow, and Delhi.
Several NDRF teams, specialized in handling chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks, as well as incidents of drowning and disasters such as earthquakes, have been mobilized for the large-scale event.