Ayodhya Ram Temple: PM Modi to Attend Ceremony
The much-anticipated Ayodhya Ram Temple, a symbol of faith for millions, is nearing completion. The construction of the temple’s ground floor is set to finish by the end of December, with the consecration ceremony scheduled for January 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend an event related to the ceremony, which aims to install a special apparatus on the temple’s ‘Shikhar’ to allow sunlight to fall on the deity’s forehead during Ram Navami.
The temple trust plans to invite approximately 10,000 people, including saints and seers, to this significant ceremony. The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ (consecration) will be a momentous occasion, and preparations are in full swing to ensure its success.
One remarkable aspect of the temple’s design is the apparatus being created in Bengaluru, overseen by scientists. It will direct sun rays to briefly touch the deity’s forehead on Ram Navami every year. A computerised program developed by the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, and an institute in Pune will aid in this endeavour.
The construction of the Ram Temple follows a historic 2019 Supreme Court verdict that allowed a trust to build the temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The consecration ceremony, set to begin after Makar Sankranti on January 14, will involve a 10-day ritual for Ram Lalla’s installation in the sanctum sanctorum.
The temple is expected to open its doors to devotees on January 24 after the consecration. While some speculate on political implications due to the ceremony’s timing ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the temple’s construction committee remains committed to completing the project, aiming for its structural integrity to endure for at least a millennium.
As the final details of the ceremony are worked out, the trust encourages people to witness the event from their homes through television broadcasts. Devotees visiting the temple after consecration will have a brief window for ‘darshan,’ allowing them to experience the temple’s grandeur and spirituality. The temple complex, built without iron, features copper connections between stone blocks, covers 2.5 acres, and includes a parikrama path spanning approximately eight acres. The temple will also showcase 90 bronze panels depicting Lord Ram’s life and deeds. The project’s estimated total cost is around Rs 1,700 to 1,800 crore, with significant artefacts from excavations and construction to be displayed in a proposed museum, subject to permission from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
A preliminary list of 10,000 invitees, including saints, seers, and those associated with the Ram temple movement, is being prepared for the consecration ceremony, marking a historic moment of faith and devotion.
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