The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has decided to cancel the procession that was scheduled for January 17, allowing devotees to catch a glimpse of the new idol of Ram Lalla. Instead, the trust has arranged for a tour of the new idol within the premises of the Ram Janmabhoomi.
This decision was taken after discussions with the Acharyas of Kashi and senior administrative officials, citing crowd management concerns raised by security agencies.
The Ayodhya district administration, in a meeting with the officials of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, highlighted the difficulty of controlling the crowd when the new idol of Ram Lalla would be taken out in the city. To avoid any untoward incidents and ensure the safety of the devotees, it was decided to replace the procession with a tour of the new idol inside the premises of the Ram Janmabhoomi. This will provide devotees with an opportunity to have a darshan (sight) of the idol in a controlled and organized manner. The tour will take place on January 17, allowing devotees to witness the new idol of Ram Lalla up close.
In another significant development, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Trust announced that the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is complete and is now awaiting the Pran Pratistha ceremony. The ceremony, scheduled for January 22, will witness the installation of the idol of Ram Lalla in the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum).
This event will be attended by several dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The completion of the Ram Temple is a momentous occasion for millions of devotees who have been eagerly awaiting its construction.
With a large number of visitors expected to attend the Pran Pratistha ceremony on January 22, the State Tourism and Culture Minister, Jaiveer Singh, announced that helicopter services will be made available. The exact date for the commencement of these services was not provided, but it is expected to be before January 22.
In addition to the inauguration of the Ram Temple, Ayodhya is also preparing for a month-long celebration of Ramkatha. Starting from January 8th and continuing until March 24th, this festival will witness renowned spiritual figures narrating the tale of Lord Rama’s life and teachings. The Ramayana, an epic narrative, holds great significance in Hindu mythology, and this event aims to immerse devotees in the essence of the Ramayana and provide a platform for spiritual enlightenment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to light a ‘Shri Ram Jyoti’ in their homes and celebrate Deepavali on January 22, coinciding with the Pran Pratistha ceremony at the Grand Temple in Ayodhya. This call for celebration is a testament to the importance of the Ram Temple and its significance in the lives of millions of people. Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is a festival of lights celebrated across India, and the Prime Minister’s call to commemorate this festival on the day of the temple’s inauguration further emphasizes the joyous occasion.