PM Modi to lead ‘pran-pratishtha’ ceremony at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple

Ayodhya is gearing up for a momentous event as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised to preside over the ‘pran-pratishtha’ ceremony at the Ram Mandir on Monday.

| Updated: 22 January, 2024 10:47 am IST

NEW DELHI: Ayodhya is gearing up for a momentous event as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised to preside over the ‘pran-pratishtha’ ceremony at the Ram Mandir on Monday. This consecration follows the recent placement of the 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla in the temple’s ‘garbha griha’ on January 18.

Crafted with precision by sculptor Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru, the 51-inch-tall idol beautifully depicts a five-year-old Lord Ram standing gracefully on a lotus, all intricately carved from a single block of stone.

Scheduled to commence at 12:20 pm under an auspicious nakshatra, the ‘pran-pratishtha’ ceremony is expected to conclude by 1:00 PM on January 22. The event will witness the presence of approximately 7,000 VVIPs from diverse backgrounds, including actors, sportspersons, industrialists, and politicians.

The Ram Mandir, constructed in the traditional Nagara architectural style, spans 380 feet in the east-west direction, with a width of 250 feet and an impressive height of 161 feet. The vertical structure boasts floors, each measuring 20 feet in height, supported by a remarkable ensemble of 392 pillars and adorned with 44 gates.

Ahead of the ceremony, PM Modi has observed a rigorous 11-day ‘anushthan,’ involving practices such as sleeping on the floor and consuming only coconut water. He also embarked on a spiritual journey, visiting various temples across India and taking a holy dip at the Rameswaram ‘Angi theerth’ beach.

According to the official itinerary, PM Modi is set to arrive in Ayodhya at 10:25 AM. Following the ‘pran-pratishtha’ ceremony’s conclusion around 1:00 PM, he will address a public event, marking a significant moment in the ongoing journey towards the realisation of the Ram Mandir.

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