The much-anticipated inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is scheduled for January 22, marking a profound moment in India's history. The consecration ceremony, referred to as pran-pratishtha, will be overseen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, symbolising the initiation of his virtual re-election campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
At an impressive height of 50 meters, the temple dedicated to Lord Ram Lalla stands on the grounds where the Babri Masjid stood for centuries until its demolition in 1992 by karsevaks, under the leadership of the then Bharatiya Janata Party president Lal Krishna Advani.
The pran-pratishtha ceremony is slated to begin between 12:05 pm and 1 pm, with Prime Minister Modi personally conducting the rituals. The event is expected to draw approximately 7,000 invitees, encompassing politicians, industrialists, celebrities, and sports persons, creating an atmosphere of significance.
10:25 am: Arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya, followed by a helicopter journey from the Ayodhya airport to the venue.
10:55 am: Modi's arrival at the Ram temple premises.
11 am - 12 pm: A potential tour of the Ram Mandir premises by the Prime Minister.
12:05 pm - 1 pm: Commencement of the pran-pratishtha ceremony, led by Modi.
1 pm: Modi's departure from the temple premises, heading to address a public meeting of approximately 7,000 attendees.
2:10 pm: Modi's visit to Kuber ka Tila, showcasing the restored ancient temple of Bhagwan Shiv.
The 'pran Pratishtha' consecration rituals, initiated on January 16 from the Saryu river, will culminate on Monday afternoon during the auspicious 'abhijeet muhurta,' following the temple trust's meticulously planned schedule.
As a testament to the event's significance, the central government has declared a half-day holiday, with several states following suit. Millions of people are anticipated to witness the ceremony live on TV and online platforms. Temples across the nation have also announced special festivities, contributing to the widespread celebration of this historic occasion.