The newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya witnessed a historic moment on Monday, as the new idol of Ram Lalla was consecrated at the sanctum sanctorum amid grand celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were among the dignitaries who participated in the rituals and offered prayers to the deity.
PM Modi performs ‘sankalp’ and ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony
The prime minister arrived at the temple premises around 11:30 am and walked inside with a silver ‘chattar’ (umbrella) placed on a red folded dupatta. He was dressed in a golden kurta teamed up with a cream dhoti and patka. He took ‘sankalp’ for the “pran pratishtha ceremony” and later moved to the sanctum sanctorum for the rituals. He also performed the ‘abhishek’ of the idol with holy water from the Sarayu river.
The new Ram Lalla idol, which is 51-inch-tall and weighs 200 kg, was sculpted by Arun Yogiraj, a renowned artist from Karnataka. The idol depicts Lord Ram in his child form, adorned with a bow and arrow as part of the decoration. The idol was draped with wet cloth as part of the “Jaladhivas” ritual and then covered in a special paste made of Chandan and Kesar as part of “Gandhadhivas” ritual.
Army helicopters shower flower petals on temple
As the consecration took place at 12:20 pm, the auspicious hour ordained by the priests, army helicopters showered flower petals on the temple and the town. The sound of conch shells and bells filled the air, while chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ echoed across the streets. Thousands of devotees, who had gathered outside the temple complex, witnessed the historic event on giant screens.
The prime minister later addressed the gathering and said that the extraordinary moment of the consecration of Shri Ram Lalla’s life in Ayodhya Dham was going to leave everyone emotional. He said that it was his great pleasure to be a part of this divine program and hailed Siya Ram. He also thanked the people of Ayodhya and the country for their support and cooperation in the construction of the temple.
PM Modi visits Kuber Tila and interacts with workers
After the ceremony, the prime minister visited the Kuber Tila, a sacred spot where Lord Ram is believed to have offered prayers to Lord Kuber, the god of wealth. He also interacted with the workers and artisans associated with the construction of the temple and appreciated their efforts and dedication. He said that the temple was not only a symbol of faith and devotion, but also a testimony of the collective will and resolve of the people of India.
The construction of the Ram temple began on May 5, 2020, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for it by settling the decades-long dispute over the site. The temple, which is being built by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, is expected to be completed by January 1, 2024. The temple will have five domes, 360 pillars and a 161-feet-high shikhar. It will also have a museum, a library, a research centre and a food court.