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Ayodhya’s grand event: PM Modi arrives as Ram Mandir prepares for consecration

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Ayodhya, the holy city revered for generations, vibrates with anticipation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi graces the historic occasion of Lord Ram’s idol consecration in the newly built Ram Mandir. Today, amidst immense devotion and grandeur, the “Pran Pratishtha” ceremony imbues the air with a momentous spirit.

The auspicious ritual will formally install the idol of Ram Lalla, depicting the youthful Lord Ram, in the sanctum sanctorum. A diverse assemblage of dignitaries, including religious leaders, spiritual figures, tribal representatives, and prominent personalities, is expected to witness this significant event.

Scheduled to commence at 12.20 pm and conclude around 1 pm, the ceremony promises a powerful address by Prime Minister Modi to the devoutly gathered masses. Additionally, he will engage with the dedicated workers who tirelessly contributed to the temple’s construction, a gesture brimming with appreciation.

Further enriching the day, Prime Minister Modi will visit Kuber Tila, an ancient Shiv temple that has undergone restoration, where he will perform a “pooja”.

A majestic spectacle unfolds in the form of the Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir, designed in the traditional Nagara style. Its impressive dimensions of 380 feet in length, 250 feet in width, and 161 feet in height speak volumes about its grandeur. Supported by 392 pillars and adorned with 44 doors, the temple emanates an aura of awe.

Elaborate carvings depicting Hindu deities embellish the pillars and walls, each stroke resonating with faith. In the temple’s heart, the sanctum sanctorum on the ground floor, resides the idol of Ram Lalla, the embodiment of divine grace.

Preparatory rituals for the “Pran Pratishtha” commenced on January 16 from the sacred Saryu river and will culminate today during the auspicious “abhijeet muhurta”, ensuring celestial blessings upon the ceremony.

Anticipation for this event extends far beyond Ayodhya’s borders. Television and online platforms are expected to host a large viewership, fueled by the central government’s declaration of a half-day holiday on January 22. Temples across India are gearing up for special celebrations, adding to the nation’s collective fervor.

Globally, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Hindu diaspora groups have organized events in cities like Washington DC, Paris, and Sydney, underscoring the international resonance of this sacred occasion.

Fourteen couples from across India have been chosen as honored “yajmaans” for the consecration of the new 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, crafted by renowned artist Arun Yogiraj. The temple’s vibrant decorations with an abundance of flowers and special lighting create a breathtaking spiritual atmosphere, enveloping the entire city in its warmth.

Streetlights across flyovers are adorned with artistic depictions of Lord Ram, while lampposts echo the traditional “Ramanandi tilak” designs. To ensure impeccable security, Ayodhya boasts a comprehensive system of 10,000 CCTV cameras, AI-equipped drones, and strategically placed movable barriers. Expert teams from the NDRF stand ready for any contingencies.

Over 7,000 guests, including 506 VIPs, will grace the momentous occasion. The guest list features prominent figures like Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, business magnates Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

Individuals associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement will partake in the ceremony, while most opposition leaders have opted not to attend.

This historic consecration marks a new chapter in the long journey of faith and dedication. It stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Lord Ram and the collective spirit of devotion that binds India together.

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