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Ram Lalla's forehead receives 'Surya Tilak' on Ram Navami | All you need to know about this science

This year's Ram Navami is very special for the devotees as for the first time the festival was celebrated after the inauguration of the historic Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The Ram Mandir management held a special 'Surya Tilak' ritual with the help of scientific tools.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Ayodhya Updated on: April 17, 2024 12:17 IST
Ram Mandir, Ram Navami, Ram Lalla, Surya Tilak, Ayodhya
Image Source : X/SHRI RAM JANMBHOOMI TEERTH KSHETRA Ram Lalla in Ram Mandir, Ayodhya

Ram Navami: Ram Navami 2024 is special, not only for Ayodhya but also for the devotees across the world as this was the first such occasion after the return of Ram Lalla to his home after centuries. Also, this was the first celebration of the birth of Lord Ram, on Wednesday (April 17) after the inauguration of Ram Mandir and the Pran Pratishtha event of the lord on January 22 this year. Special arrangements were made in Ayodhya where the sun kissed the deity Ram Lall's forehead in a ritual known as Surya Abhishek or Surya Tilak for nearly five minutes at 12.09 pm in the sanctum sanctorum.

In a picturesque display of affection and devotion for the moment, flowers were showered by helicopter on various places including at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex, Ram Ki Paidi, Ramkot, on the banks of Saryu, Dharampath, and Rampath.

Surya Tilak and science behind it

On April 17, precisely at noon, the sun's rays graced the forehead of Ram Lalla within the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Mandir, in a ritual what's called ‘Surya Tilak’. This event, elaborately planned by the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, highlights a harmonious blend of tradition and science.

The journey involves the scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R), tasked with devising the mechanism for the Surya Tilak. Through marvellous engineering, a gearbox equipped with high-quality mirrors and lenses has been devised to precisely redirect the sun's rays onto Ram Lalla's forehead during the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami.

Made from durable brass and bronze materials, the tilak apparatus ensures longevity and corrosion resistance. The design, incorporating elements of the traditional Pancha Dhathu alloy, integrates ancient wisdom with contemporary engineering.

This innovative approach mirrors ancient Indian temple practices, where astronomically calculated openings around the sanctum sanctorum allow sunlight to directly illuminate the deity on specific days.

Ram Mandir Trust issues guidelines for Ram Navami day

Anticipating a huge rush of devotees on the occasion of Ram Navami, Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi Trust has issued guidelines for the people visiting Ram Temple and has cancelled all the VIP darshan passes. The temple trust has also made changes to darshan timings as well.

The festival was celebrated in the city on a grand scale and the Yogi Adityanath government made elaborate arrangements for it as lakhs of devotees are expected to flock to the city for Ram Navami celebrations.

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