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Invitees arrive in Ayodhya for Ram temple consecration, multi-layered security put in place


Ayodhya, Jan 22: The invitees to the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple continued to arrive at the temple town on Monday morning with locals and devotees gathering on both sides of the road waving saffron flags and dancing to the tunes of songs dedicated to Lord Ram.

Religious fervour gripped Ayodhya with biting cold failing to dampen the spirits of those who have flocked here to witness the historic moment. The holy town is all set to welcome Lord Ram with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to participate in the consecration ceremony.

The invitees who arrived early this morning included RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Anupam Kher, Kailash Kher, Jubin Nautiyal, Prasson Joshi, Manoj Joshi, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ravishankar Prasad and Anil Ambani.

Hema Malini, Kangana Ranaut, Sr Sri Ravishankar, Morari Bapu, Rajnikant, Pavan Kalyan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Subhash Ghai, Shefali Shah and Sonu Nigam arrived in Ayodhya on Sunday.

‘Ram dhun' played in the streets from early morning, as security personnel kept a tight vigil across the Ayodhya districts.

The ‘Pran Pratishtha' of the idol of Ram Lalla — the childhood form of Lord Ram — will be attended by people from all walks of life, including representatives of major spiritual and religious sects of the country and of various tribal communities and prominent personalities.

According to the temple trust, all invitees will have a bell which they will ring during the aarti. Army helicopters will shower flower petals during the aarti.

The ceremony will begin at 12.20 pm, and according to the temple trust, it is expected to end by 1 pm. Following this, the prime minister will address the gathering.

“The prime minister will also interact with ‘shramjeevis' associated with the construction of the temple,” a member of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which is in charge of the construction and management of the Ram temple, said.

Modi will also visit Kuber Tila, where an ancient Shiv temple has been restored. He will perform a ‘pooja' there, the member said.

The magnificent Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir has been constructed in the traditional Nagara style. Its length (east-west) is 380 feet, width 250 feet and the height is 161 feet. It is supported by 392 pillars and has 44 doors.

The pillars and walls of the temple showcase intricately sculpted depictions of Hindu deities, gods and goddesses. The idol of Ram Lalla has been placed in the sanctum sanctorum on the temple's ground floor.

The consecration rituals for the ‘Pran Pratishtha' started from the Saryu river on January 16 and will be completed on Monday afternoon on the ‘Abhijeet Muhurta', according to the trust.

Lakhs of people are expected to watch the event live on TV and online platforms as the Central government has announced a half-day off on January 22 and many states followed suit.

Temples across the country have announced special festivities on the occasion. From Washington DC to Paris to Sydney, events have been planned in various parts of the by either the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) or Hindu diaspora groups.

Fourteen couples from various parts of will be the ‘yajmaans' (hosts) for the ‘Pran Pratishtha' of the new 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla. The idol was sculpted by Mysuru-based Arun Yogiraj and was placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple last Thursday.

The Ram temple has been decorated with “rich stocks” of flowers and special lights and the entire city is drenched in religious fervour.

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