Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh: The long-awaited inauguration of the Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is set to take place on 22nd January 2024, marking a historic moment for millions of devotees across the country. The event, organized by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, is expected to draw pilgrims from far and wide, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed as the chief guest for the ceremony.
Pran Pratishtha Ceremony:
The Pran Pratishtha, or consecration, of Ram Lalla within the temple premises is a pivotal moment in the grand inauguration. This sacred ritual is meticulously planned to take place between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm, adding a profound spiritual touch to the entire event.
Prime Minister Modi’s Key Role:
With the honor of inaugurating the temple bestowed upon him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to play a central role in the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. His presence will symbolize the alignment of political leadership with the spiritual sanctity of the occasion, making it a momentous event in the cultural and historical tapestry of Ayodhya.
The Essence of Pran Pratishtha:
Pran Pratishtha, translated as the ‘infusion of life force,’ is a revered Hindu ritual where the deity is invited to reside within the consecrated idol. This process involves invoking divine blessings and consecrating the idol, transforming it from a mere sculpture into a living symbol of the divine.
Timing and Significance:
The meticulous timing of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony, scheduled between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm, holds great significance. It aligns with the cosmic energies and is believed to enhance the divine connection between the deity and the devotees.
Ram Mandir Aarti timings and schedule:
- The first aarti of the day is the Shringar/Jagran Aarti at 6:30 am.
- This is followed by the Bhog Aarti at 12 noon.
- The evening aarti is the Sandhya Aarti held at 7:30 pm.
Passes for Aartis
Passes are required for devotees to attend the aarti ceremonies inside the temple. Limited passes will be issued.
The three aartis offer different darshans of the deity and atmosphere in the sanctum. Attending an aarti is a special blessing for devotees visiting the historic new Ram Mandir. The timings allow pilgrims to plan their visit and darshans accordingly.
Darshan Schedule at Ram Mandir
The newly constructed Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will allow devotee darshan twice daily as per the following schedule:
Morning Darshan: 7am to 11:30am
Evening Darshan: 2pm to 7pm
Devotees should plan their visit accordingly to get darshan during these time slots.
The temple will be open for an extended period in the mornings for over 4 hours. Later in the day, darshans will be allowed for 5 hours in the evenings.
All darshans will be organized through queues and lines. Crowd management systems are in place to handle the expected huge rush of pilgrims.
The Trust aims to provide adequate time and access for devotees to get satisfying darshan of Shri Ram Lalla at this sacred site. The timings may be revised later based on pilgrim footfall.
7-day agenda for the Ram Mandir inauguration
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has planned a week-long series of rituals and ceremonies for the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
16 Jan – Purification rituals and special prayers for the idols.
17 Jan – Procession to move the idols into the sanctum sanctorum.
18 Jan – Installation of Navagrahas.
19 Jan – Havan rituals and fire ceremonies.
20 Jan – Sanctum sanctorum cleaning with Saryu river water.
21 Jan – Idols bathed in holy water and adorned with jewellery.
22 Jan – Idols finally consecrated in the sanctum on auspicious date.
The 7-day inauguration agenda culminates on 22 Jan with the idols being placed in the innermost sanctum at an auspicious time. Afterwards, devotees can get the first darshans of the consecrated idols.
The elaborate rituals reflect the huge spiritual significance of the long-awaited Ram Mandir for Hindus across India and beyond.
Facts about the Ayodhya Ram Mandir
Here is a summary of the key features and facts about the Ayodhya Ram Mandir:
- Total land area is 70 acres, main temple will be built on 2.7 acres where Ram Lalla idol will be installed.
- Temples for other deities like Ganesha, Shiva will also be constructed.
- 5 mandapas (halls) named Kudu, Nritya, Rang, Kirtana and Prarthana.
- Capacity to serve food to 1 lakh devotees daily for 30 days prior to inauguration.
- Pranpratishtha consecration ceremony on Jan 21-22, 2024.
- PM Modi invited as chief guest. 25,000 Hindu leaders to be invited.
- Massive crowds expected, district administration will handle logistics.
- President Kovind donated ₹5 lakh for construction.
- VHP raised funds from over 150,000 activists nationwide.
The inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be a historic and spiritual milestone for India. The construction of the grand temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram holds deep significance for Hindus across the country and abroad.
The mega inauguration ceremony is scheduled for 22 January 2024 after many years of anticipation, legal battles, and planning. The event will be attended by Prime Minister Modi, RSS leaders, and thousands of devotees. Intricate rituals will precede the final installation of the Ram Lalla idols in the inner sanctum.
Once opened, the temple will allow public darshan in the mornings and evenings. The architecture and facilities aim to accommodate large pilgrim crowds expected to visit this sacred site. The inauguration represents the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream of the Hindu community.
For pilgrims, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual experience to participate in the consecration and perform darshan at the new Ayodhya Ram Mandir. The temple and the planned supporting complex will transform Ayodhya into an important centre of faith and culture.
राम जन्मभूमि पर मंदिर का निर्माण, भक्तों के लिए सुखद संयोग का प्रारम्भाण।
अयोध्या में भव्य मंदिर का हुआ शिलान्यास, जन-जन को दिया विश्वास, पूरा होगा विशाल निर्माण।
लाखों की भीड़ आएगी यहाँ, राम दर्शन को तरसेगी सभी जन प्राण।
मंदिर का होगा सोमवार को लोकार्पण, भव्य समारोह के साथ पूजन और आरती का आयोजन।
जय श्री राम, जय श्री राम, जय श्री राम!