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Ram Temple consecration ceremony to be telecast at New York's Times Square

Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony of Ram Lalla (infant Lord Ram) in Ayodhya will begin on January 16, a week before the main ceremony.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New York Published on: January 07, 2024 21:47 IST
Ram Temple was displayed at Times Square on the occasion of
Image Source : ANI Ram Temple was displayed at Times Square on the occasion of Bhoomi Pujan of mandir.

The live broadcast of the January 22 consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya will be screened at the iconic Times Square in New York City in the United States, say media reports. The consecration ceremony at Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to be held on January 22. The historic and religiously important event will be live-streamed at various Indian embassies, consulates and several temples across the country.
It will be not the first time when Lord Rama be displayed at the Times Square in New York City. Earlier in August 2020, a digital billboard of the Ram Mandir was played at Times Square marking 'Bhoomi Pujan' of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on August 5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Bhoomi Pujan of the temple.

Ram temple consecration to be broadcast live in temples across Delhi

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP's temple cell chairman Karnail Singh said on Sunday the party will stream a live broadcast of the consecration ceremony at around 14,000 temples across the national capital. Singh said that around 200 people will be present at each temple to watch the ceremony live. Nearly 30 lakh people in total are expected to attend the screening across the temples in the city, he added.
The BJP leader said 1.08 lakh diyas will be lit at the Khatu Shyam temple on the Delhi-Karnal road on January 20 and a bike rally taken out by temple priests on January 17 as part of celebrations to mark the historic event of 'praan pratishtha' at the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Over 14,000 temple priests are visiting households across Delhi to distribute 'akshata' (uncooked grains of rice) to people and invite them to watch the consecration ceremony live at nearby temples on January 22. Also, around 1,000 unipole hoardings have been booked to spread awareness about the "praan pratishtha" ceremony, the BJP leader said.

Preparations for consecration ceremony

Preparations are underway in full swing for the event, which is expected to be attended by thousands of dignitaries and people from all sections of society. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to attend the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple on January 22. Many VVIP guests from the country and abroad are expected to come to the temple town to attend the event. A priest from Varanasi, Lakshmi Kant Dixit, will perform the main rituals of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22. From January 14 to January 22, Ayodhya will mark the Amrit Mahautsav. 

A 1008 Hundi Mahayagya will also be organised, in which thousands of devotees will be fed. Several tent cities are being erected in Ayodhya to accommodate thousands of devotees, who are expected to arrive in the temple town of Uttar Pradesh for the grand consecration.

According to the Sri Ram Janambhoomi Trust, arrangements will be made for 10,000-15,000 people. Local authorities are gearing up for the anticipated surge in visitors around the grand ceremony and are in the process of implementing enhanced security measures and making logistical arrangements to ensure a smooth and spiritually enriching experience for all attendees.


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