The ‘pran pratishtha’ rituals were carried out yesterday, with PM Modi prostrating himself before the Ram Lalla idol.
The Ram Temple in Ayodhya was thrown open to the public this morning, a day after the much-celebrated consecration ceremony, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by a host of politicians and celebrities.
Ahead of the opening, massive crowds were seen in front of the temple. Devotees began gathering at the temple in large numbers as early as 3 am. The gates were opened to the public from 7 am to 11:30 am and will be reopened from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Thousands of devotees, a blend of locals and out-of-state pilgrims, thronged the Ram Temple gates, braving the winter chill for a chance to be among the first to enter the shrine.
The ‘pran pratishtha’ rituals were carried out yesterday, with PM Modi prostrating himself before the Ram Lalla idol. The ceremony witnessed the presence of dignitaries, including Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Prime Minister Modi, expressing his emotions on Twitter, said, “The extraordinary moment of the consecration of Shri Ram Lalla’s life in Ayodhya Dham is going to leave everyone emotional. It is my great pleasure to be a part of this divine programme. Jai Siya Ram!”
Following the ritual, PM Modi addressed a gathering of about 8,000, consisting of seers, individuals associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, and celebrities from various fields. The Prime Minister also visited the Kuber Tila and interacted with workers involved in the temple’s construction.
While the ceremony was broadcast to the nation, senior BJP leaders like JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah watched the event through live streaming. However, Opposition leaders chose to skip the event. The run-up to the consecration ceremony was marked by political sparring between the ruling BJP and the Opposition, with the latter terming it an “RSS-BJP event”.
Several BJP-run states declared the day a holiday to allow people to witness the ceremony on TV and participate in local temple events. The atmosphere in Ayodhya was further enhanced by a devotional “Mangal Dhwani,” featuring 50 traditional musical instruments from across the country.
The construction of the Ram Temple comes after a prolonged legal battle that concluded with the Supreme Court ruling in favour of the temple in November 2019. Prime Minister Modi, addressing the nation, declared the consecration of Ram Lalla’s idol as the advent of a new era.
“I have come before you are witnessing the divine consciousness in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum. There’s so much to say but, but there’s a lump in my throat. After unprecedented patience, innumerable sacrifices and penance, our Lord Ram has arrived. I congratulate the country on this occasion,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi called for unity and insisted that the temple is not just a symbol of triumph but also humility, showcasing India’s maturity in resolving historical disputes. He urged critics to reconsider their views, stating that Ram symbolises energy, not fire, and is a solution, not a dispute.