In a significant announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed his presence at the inauguration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. This event marks a monumental step in India’s cultural and religious history.
The office bearers of Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi Tirtha Kshetra, accompanied by religious leaders, extended a warm invitation to the PM. Notably, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for the Ram temple on August 5, 2020, a momentous occasion that paved the way for the temple’s construction.
The Ram Temple Trust’s general secretary, Champat Rai, revealed that the idol of Lord Ram would be consecrated at the temple on January 22, and Prime Minister Modi has graciously accepted the invitation. The trust plans to invite over 4,000 Hindu religious leaders from 136 Sanatana traditions for the consecration ceremony. Additionally, 25,000 dignitaries will participate in this significant event.
The sprawling complex, spanning 71 acres, will host the Ram Mandir, covering 2.77 acres and divided into six sections, including the main sanctum sanctorum (garbh greh) and five pavilions. Rising 161 feet high with three floors, each 19.5 feet, the temple’s architecture symbolizes grandeur and devotion.
Noteworthy additions to the complex include temples dedicated to deities such as Shiva, goddess Annapurna, Bhagwati, Ganesha, Hanuman, and Surya (sun). Mythological saints like Valmiki, Vashisth, Viswamitra, Jatayu, and Sabri will also be honored. Furthermore, the complex will feature facilities like a yagya/anusthan mandap, a rest house for religious leaders, and an administrative building. The entire complex is designed with environmental consciousness, featuring two sewage treatment plants to minimize its impact on the local environment.
To ensure a smooth inauguration and prevent overcrowding in Ayodhya, the temple trust has urged the public to avoid visiting the temple in the initial days. VIPs have also been requested to refrain from visiting Ayodhya on the day of the inauguration to prevent mismanagement.
In anticipation of this historic event, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat encouraged people across India to celebrate by organizing programs at temples near their homes, fostering a sense of collective joy and spirituality.