Ayodhya, Jan 22: The highly anticipated event is scheduled to occur on Monday, January 22, 2023, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi presiding over the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony. This consecration marks a momentous occasion in India's cultural and religious history, capturing the attention not just of the nation but also resonating with global audiences.
Crafted by the renowned architect Chandrakant B Sompura in collaboration with his son Ashish, the Ram Mandir embodies a vision conceptualized three decades ago. Occupying 2.7 acres in the temple town, this architectural marvel stands tall at 161 feet, spans 235 feet in width, and extends a total length of 360 feet. Following the distinguished Nagara style, one of ancient India's temple-building traditions, the Ram temple seamlessly integrates Vedic rituals with modern technology. Encompassing nearly 57,000 square feet of built-up area, the temple comprises a three-floor structure reaching approximately 70% of the height of the iconic Qutub Minar.
The 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony, commencing at 12:20 pm, is expected to conclude by 1 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering of over 7,000 individuals, including seers and distinguished personalities. This consecration sets the stage for the public opening of the Ram Temple the following day.
Security measures in Ayodhya have been significantly heightened, with the Uttar Pradesh government employing advanced technologies such as surveillance drones, night vision devices, and CCTV cameras. The Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), equipped with 1500 public CCTV cameras, ensures vigilant monitoring throughout the city. A comprehensive security plan includes the deployment of teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
Ayodhya Railway Station will experience heightened security, and fire brigade provisions in tent cities aim to ensure swift responses to unforeseen incidents. An anti-drone system, overseen by the Special Security Force (SSF), adds an extra layer of protection against potential aerial threats. The public is advised that only those invited by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will be allowed entry, with stringent security and transportation arrangements in place.
Notable figures, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, business magnates Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, and sports icon Sachin Tendulkar, will grace the event as state guests.