Consecration of Lord Ram's idol: The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust has formally invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the consecration ceremony of Lord Ram's idol in the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the grand temple being built at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh. The ceremony, which will take place in January 2024, will witness the presence of approximately 10,000 guests.
'PM's presence would enhance India's global reputation'
General secretary of the Ram Mandir Trust, Champat Rai, said they have proffered a range of dates between January 15 and January 24. Though, he said, the precise date shall be determined by the Prime Minister. The invitation letter, signed by the trust's president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, states that the PM's presence would enhance India's global reputation.
In anticipation of the congregation of such a notable assemblage, security agencies have devised a foolproof, guest-oriented security apparatus for the ceremony. The Ayodhya administration is collaborating with security agencies as it expects a considerable influx of devotees.
The ground floor of the temple is likely to be completed by December this year and to achieve this target, the construction work is now being conducted round-the-clock, replacing the erstwhile 18-hour shift. The temple trust has also increased the workforce from 550 to approximately 1,600 labourers and technicians.
It is pertinent to mention, in March, the Ram Mandir received more than Rs 1 crore as a donation in just 15 days.
On August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Ram temple and since then the construction work of the temple has been going on. The five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (now retired) had on November 9, 2019, unanimously delivered its verdict that the land in Ayodhya where Babri Masjid once stood, belongs to Ram Lalla.
(With IANS inputs)