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LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi requested not to attend Ram temple consecration, says trust

Advani headed the politically significant 'Ram Rath Yatra' in the early 90s to support the agitation, led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its affiliates to construct a Ram temple on the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Ayodhya Updated on: December 19, 2023 10:01 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans and key members of the Ram Janmbhoomi movement LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not attend the consecration ceremony of the historic Ram temple in Ayodhya, said Ram Temple Trust official on Monday. Advani is now 96 and Joshi will turn 90 next month.

The BJP veterans are unlikely to attend next month’s consecration ceremony due to their health and age, said Ram Temple Trust general secretary Champat Rai on Monday.

'LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are requested not to come'

"Both are elders of the family and considering their age, they were requested not to come, which was accepted by both," he added.

The preparations for the consecration ceremony are in full swing, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22. The final round of preparations would be completed by January 15. 

The puja for 'praan pratistha' will start from January 16 and will continue till 22nd January, he added.

A three-member team has been formed to visit former prime minister Deve Gowda and invite him to the ceremony, Rai said.

4,000 saints and 2,200 other guests invited

"Shankaracharyas of six darshanas (ancient schools) and around 150 saints and sages and will participate in the ceremony," Rai said.

He added that about 4,000 saints and 2,200 other guests have been invited for the ceremony.

List of dignitaries who will attend the historic event 

Heads of major temples like Kashi Vishwanath, Vaishno Devi, and representatives of religious and constitutional institutions have also been invited, he said.

Spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mata Amritanandamayi of Kerala, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, cine stars Rajnikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Arun Govil, film director Madhur Bhandarkar and prominent industrialists such as Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, famous painter Vasudev Kamat, ISRO Director Nilesh Desai and many other eminent personalities have been invited to the function, Rai said.

After the consecration ceremony, 'mandal puja' will be held from January 24 for 48 days as per ritual traditions.

The temple will be opened for devotees on January 23, he added.

Rai said that proper arrangements have been made for the guests to stay at more than three places in Ayodhya.
Apart from this, 600 rooms have been made available by various monasteries, temples and household families.

Meanwhile, authorities of the Ayodhya Municipal Corporation said they have begun preparing for the consecration ceremony.

Speaking to PTI, Municipal Commissioner Vishal Singh said that fibre toilets will be installed for devotees and changing rooms will be set up for women at designated places.

The 'Ram Katha Kunj' corridor will be built in the Ram Janmabhoomi complex which would showcase tableaux displaying 108 events from Lord Ram's life, he said.
(With PTI inputs)

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