Ayodhya news: First photo of 'Ram Lalla' inside Ram Temple | See pics
Ayodhya: The idol of Lord Ram has been placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple ahead of the consecration ceremony.
Ahead of Ayodhya's Ram temple consecration ceremony, the idol of Lord Ram was placed inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
Arun Yogiraj - a famed sculptor from Karnataka has carved the idol of 'Ram Lalla'. The idol is 51 inches tall and weighs 1.5 tonnes. The idol portrays Lord Ram as a five-year-old child standing on a lotus also crafted from the same stone.
The consecration ceremony of Ram Temple (Pran Pratishta ceremony) will be held in Ayodhya on 22 January. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform rituals to mark the 'Pran Pratishtha', however, a team of priests led by Lakshmikant Dixit will perform the main rituals.
Several celebrities and noted personalities have also been invited to the ceremony.
Temple trust general secretary Champat Rai said that the consecration ceremony will begin at 12:20 pm and is expected to be completed by 1 pm on January 22.
Rituals leading to the consecration ceremony have already begun at the temple, constructed at what many devout believe marks the spot where Lord Ram was born.
Meanwhile, Ayodhya is adorned with vibrant flowers in preparation for the grand ceremony. Workers were seen decorating the temple premises with a variety of flowers, predominantly marigolds.
Ayodhya Municipal Corporation is carrying out the "greening and beautification of the 24 km stretch along the banks of the Saryu River between Sahadatganj and Lata Chowk under National Highway 28 in Ayodhya".
At present, the process of hiring a contractor for 5 years to decorate and preserve the middle and embankment slopes of the National Highway by planting ornamental flowers and trees is ongoing.
Easy-to-understand signage boards in English and Hindi will be provided by the Ayodhya Municipal Corporation.
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