LIVE updates at Ayodhya Ram Mandir’s inaugural: On Monday, January 22, all eyes will be on the Ayodhya area of Uttar Pradesh, where the grand Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla’s statue in the recently constructed Ram Janmabhoomi Temple will take place.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremonies. He will arrive in Ayodhya on Monday at around 10:30 am, capping an 11-day tour of several temples in advance of the event.
With about 8,000 VIP guests expected to attend the great ceremony in Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh Police force has increased security there.
The Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue is one of the most controversial land disputes in India, which was settled in 2019 with the Supreme Court delivering a verdict paving the way for the construction of the temple, built on the site of the Masjid.
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With only twenty-four hours remaining, the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is decorated for the consecration ceremony, complete with flowers and unique lights.
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Five acres of land in Dhannipur village, Uttar Pradesh, around twenty-five kilometers from Ayodhya, were enveloped in an unexplained quiet.
After the Supreme Court of India rendered its decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title issue in 2019, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board was given permission to construct a mosque “in place of the demolished Babri Masjid” on this site.
- The inauguration of the Ram Mandir comes nearly four months ahead the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
- The 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, sculpted by Mysuru-based artist Arun Yogiraj, was placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple on 18 January.
- January 22 will begin with a morning puja and the consecration of the Ram Lalla deity in ‘Mrigashira Nakshatra’ will take place. The main ceremony presided by PM Modi will be between 12.05 am to 12.55M. The cloth tied on the statue of Ram Lalla will be unveiled at that time.
- Who’s attending? Apart from political leaders across political parties and state dignitaries, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, business tycoons Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, and sporting icon Sachin Tendulkar are among India’s crème de la crème who have been invited for the ceremony.
- Who is not attending? Arguing that it was “clearly an RSS-BJP event”, the Congress “respectfully declined” the invitation. Additional, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar confirmed that they will not be attending the event.