Consecration rituals begin at Ram temple in Ayodhya

The idol of Lord Ram will be placed inside the sanctum of the temple on Wednesday as part of a series of rituals to be held every day till January 21

January 16, 2024 01:15 pm | Updated 10:54 pm IST - LUCKNOW

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das lights a 108-ft long incense stick (dhoop-batti) brought from Vadodara in Gujarat ahead of the Ram Mandir ‘Pran Pratishthan’ programme, in Ayodhya district, on January 16, 2024.

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das lights a 108-ft long incense stick (dhoop-batti) brought from Vadodara in Gujarat ahead of the Ram Mandir ‘Pran Pratishthan’ programme, in Ayodhya district, on January 16, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Rituals in the run-up to the Ram Temple consecration ceremony scheduled for January 22, started inside the complex on Tuesday in Ayodhya with the anushthan (rituals) set to continue till January 21.

On Tuesday, prayaschita (penance) and Karmakuti Poojan took place at the temple complex, while the parisar pravesh (entry) of Lord Ram’s idol will be carried out on Wednesday. On January 18, the Teerth Poojan, Jal Yatra, and Gandhadhivas will be taking place at the temple.

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On January 20 and 21, Pushpadhivas, Madhyadhivas and Shaiyadhivas are scheduled to be conducted. As many as 121 priests are conducting the rituals, with Pandit Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid overseeing, coordinating and directing all the proceedings of the anushthan.

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“The rituals will continue till January 21. On January 22, the minimum essential rituals needed for the pran pratishtha [consecration] of the idol of Ram Lalla will be conducted,” said Champat Rai, the general secretary of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Trust, on Monday.

The temple consecration ceremony will take place on January 22 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest at the event. More than 7,000 people, including leading personalities from all walks of life including politicians, industrialists, saints and celebrities will be attending the grand opening apart from over 100 representatives from different countries.

A detailed look at the Invitation card for consecration ceremony of Ayodhya Ram Temple
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