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New Delhi: Historic Ram Temple Consecration Unfolds in Ayodhya, PM Modi Leads ‘Grand Pran Pratishta’ Ceremony

As the culmination of a 50-year endeavour by the BJP and a momentous occasion long awaited by millions, the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is set to transpire in the coming hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is en route to Ayodhya to partake in the ‘grand pran pratishta’ ceremony.

Top 10 Updates on this Monumental Event:

Nationwide Celebrations: The consecration ceremony will be commemorated across the nation and among Indians abroad through special prayers and diverse programs at local temples, mirroring the joyous Diwali festivities symbolising Lord Ram’s triumphant return after the battle with Ravan.

Star-Studded Attendance: Renowned figures like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Anil Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, and Saina Nehwal have converged in Ayodhya to witness the historic event.

PM Modi’s Spiritual Preparations: Prime Minister Modi has undergone an intensive 11-day religious ritual for the noon consecration ceremony. He is slated to address the gathering during the event.

Inclusive Gathering: The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony will witness the presence of representatives from major spiritual and religious sects, encompassing diverse sections of society, including tribal communities.

Acknowledging Laborers: PM Modi is scheduled to interact with the labourers involved in constructing the Ram Temple and will visit Kuber Tila to offer prayers at the restored ancient temple of Lord Shiv.

Architectural Marvel: The 380×250 feet temple, constructed in the traditional north-Indian Nagara style, boasts 392 pillars, 44 doors, and intricately carved walls depicting gods and goddesses. The sanctum sanctorum houses the idol of a five-year-old Lord Ram.

Renovations and Infrastructure: Ayodhya, the once-sleepy temple town, has witnessed significant transformations with the establishment of an international airport, a revamped railway station, and a surge in accommodations, marking an anticipated economic upswing.

Political Cold Shoulder: The opening of the Ram Temple, central to a decades-long political saga, has been met with indifference from most opposition parties, including Congress, Left, Trinamool Congress, and the Samajwadi Party.

BJP’s Retort: The BJP, responding to critics, has labelled opposing parties as anti-Hindu, asserting that they will face repercussions at the polls.

Shankaracharya Controversy: Controversy surrounds the absence of Shankaracharyas from four premier monasteries, questioning the political undertones and the alleged incompleteness of the temple.

The temple’s construction commenced following a landmark 2019 Supreme Court judgment, allocating the disputed land for the temple and providing an alternate plot for a mosque, concluding a protracted legal battle initiated shortly after Independence. The event stands at the nexus of religious, political, and social dynamics, shaping the narrative of Ayodhya for generations to come.

Monika Shanmugam