Ayodhya Ram Mandir: PM Modi releases commemorative postage stamps; half day in all central govt offices on 22 Jan

  • Ayodhya Ram Mandir: The idol of Ram Lalla was brought inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple, Shri Ram Mandir Construction Committee chairperson Nripendra Mishra had said.

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Updated19 Jan 2024, 06:09 AM IST
Ayodhya Ram Mandir LIVE Updates:  PM Modi releases Commemorative Postage Stamps on Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir and a book of stamps issued on Lord Ram around the world
Ayodhya Ram Mandir LIVE Updates: PM Modi releases Commemorative Postage Stamps on Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir and a book of stamps issued on Lord Ram around the world

Ayodhya Ram Mandir: The seven day religious rituals for the Ayodhya Ram Temple 'Pran Pratistha' ceremony began on 16 January and will continue till 21 January. Yesterday night, the idol of Ram Lalla was brought inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple, Shri Ram Mandir Construction Committee chairperson Nripendra Mishra had said. A special puja was held in the sanctum sanctorum before the idol was brought inside. Mishra said idol is likely to be installed in the sanctum sanctorum on Thursday i.e. on 18 January. Rituals are being performed in the run-up to the January 22 consecration ceremony at the Ram temple. A 'Kalash Pujan' was held earlier on Wednesday. The Ram temple 'Pran Pratishtha' will begin at 12:20 pm on January 22 and is expected to end by 1 pm.

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10:35 pm: Banks across India to remain closed during January 22 half-first

In line with central government offices, all banks across India will be closed for half-day on January 22 for the 'Pran Patishtha' of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Department of Financial Services under the Union Ministry of Finance in a notification said on Thursday that Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Insurance Companies, Public Sector Financial Institutions and Regional Rural Banks will remain closed in the first half of January 22, to enable employees to participate in the 'Ram Lalla' Pran Pratishtha celebrations.

The Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in a notification earlier Thursday said that all central government offices, institutions and industrial establishments across the country shall remain closed for half a day till 02:30 pm. (PTI)

10:25 pm: Assam govt declares half-holiday on January 22

The Assam government on Thursday declared a half-holiday on January 22 on the occasion of the Ram temple consecration ceremony to be held in Ayodhya.

All state government offices and educational institutions in the state will remain closed till 2.30 PM on January 22 on account of the half-holiday.

According to a notification issued by the General Administration Department, the governor has declared a half-holiday in view of the "celebration of the Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya so as to enable the employees to participate in the celebrations".

This is in line with the Office Memorandum of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, it added. (PTI)

9:45 pm: New idol of Lord Ram placed in sanctum sanctorum of Ayodhya temple

The new idol of Lord Ram was placed Thursday afternoon in the sanctum sanctorum of Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi temple, ahead of the consecration ceremony set to take place on January 22.

The 51-inch Ram Lalla idol, sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, was brought to the temple the previous night.

On Thursday afternoon, it was placed in the grabha griha, Arun Dixit, a priest associated with the consecration ceremony, told PTI.

This was done amid the chanting of prayers, according to the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. (PTI)

9:15 pm: Himachal roadways to run Ayodhya-bound buses on six routes: DyCM Agnihotri

Plans are afoot to start Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus services to Ayodhya on six routes to facilitate the devotees in visiting the Ram temple, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference here after chairing the 155th meeting of the Board of Directors of HRTC, Agnihotri, who also holds transport portfolio, said though the route is very long, "we are negotiating with the state government concerned so that we can start the bus services".

He also said the corporation will also start cashless ticketing system in their buses. "With this, the passengers will be able to pay via QR code, UPI, credit card, debit card and National Common Mobility Card (NCMC).

Agnihotri said the corporation would purchase 2,932 buses in the next four years. He said the HRTC would also purchase 327 electric buses in the year 2024-25. (PTI)

9:00 pm: Ram temple was not issue of conflict between Hindus, Muslims at time of independence: Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the Ram temple was not an issue of conflict between Hindus and Muslims at the time of independence and every community has supported the 'Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan' in some way.

Asserting that one cannot imagine India without Ram, Singh said the grand temple being built in Ayodhya is a symbol of "restoration" of Indian culture.

The minister was speaking at the launch of a book -- "Rom Rom Mein Ram". The book is a compilation of essays written by the late senior journalist and MP Ashwini Chopra and others.

Singh said the Ram temple is being constructed after a wait of 500 years.

"The new Ram temple being built in Ayodhya is a symbol of restoration of Indian culture. One cannot imagine India without Ram," he said.

"Ayodhya will be a symbol of a new India which will give India the ability to lead the world once again. Ayodhya will become an inspiration for the rest of the world," he said. (PTI)

8:30 pm: Nepal's Janakpur, Birgunj announce celebrations on Pran Pratishtha ceremony day on January 22

The Nepali towns of Janakpurdham and Birgunj Metropolitan City will celebrate the Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya with fanfare and gaiety on January 22.

The Janakpurdham, the maternal home of Goddess Sita, will be holding Deepotsav on the evening of January 22, while the Birgunj Metropolitan in Parsa district has banned sales and consumption of meat and alcohol on this particular day.

The Janakpurdham Sub-Metropolitan City has called on all the residents to light lamps on the evening of January 22, along with the nearby temples and public places and participate in the ceremony being held at Janaki and Ram Temple. (ANI)

8:00 pm: Ram temple event 50-year political project of BJP-RSS: Congress

The Congress on Thursday slammed the BJP and the RSS for politicising the Ram temple consecration ceremony and alleged that it is a 50-year-old political project of the saffron camp.

Addressing a press conference at Puthinadi in Jorhat district, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh defended the party senior leaders' stand of not accepting the invitation for Ram temple consecration ceremony, scheduled to take place on January 22.

"This event (consecration ceremony) is a 50-year-old political project of the BJP-RSS. The producer, director, main actor, only actor, music director is our Prime Minister. This is autocracy and we cannot accept that," he added. (PTI)

7:30 pm: Light diyas, celebrate Ram temple consecration like Diwali: PM Modi at Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked his Cabinet colleagues to celebrate the Ayodhya Ram temple consecration ceremony on January 22 like Diwali by lighting up diyas at their homes and also feed the poor, sources said.

He made these remarks at the Union Cabinet meeting amid a nationwide religious fervour in the run-up to the ceremony which he will be attending.

Cabinet ministers, sources said, have also been urged to visit the temple along with devotees from their respective states after January 22. (PTI)

7:00 pm: BJP's minority front to serve tea to Ram devotees in Ayodhya: Jamal Siddiqui

The minority front of the BJP is preparing with enthusiasm for the arrival of Lord Shri Ram. BJP's minority front will welcome Ram devotees coming to Ayodhya. BJP's minority front will arrange free tea for all Ram devotees coming to Ayodhya.

The National President of Minority Morcha, Jamal Siddiqui, while talking to ANI, said, "BJP Minority Morcha will set up free tea stalls for Ram devotees in Ayodhya in connection with the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22. We will clean the Jama Masjid and Basika Arabia College Madarsa."

Speaking further, Yasser Jilani, National Media Incharge Minority Morcha, said that National President Jamal Siddiqui will visit Jama Masjid, Basika Arabia College Madrasa of Ayodhya, on January 20 and will do everything from distributing sweets to cleaning. (PTI)

6:30 pm: Ayodhya: Ram Lalla idol placed in 'Garbha Griha' in Ram Temple

As part of the elaborate rituals leading up to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony to be held on January 22, the idol of Ram Lalla was placed in the 'Garbha Griha' of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Thursday amid joyous chants of 'Jai Shri Ram.'

In a significant prelude to the upcoming ceremony, a special puja was held in the sanctum sanctorum before the idol was brought inside with the help of a crane on Wednesday night.

The video shared by Sharad Sharma, media in-charge of Vishwa Hindu Parishad showed the joyous atmosphere at the temple.

The statue of Ram Lalla sculpted by Karnataka sculptor Arun Yogiraj has been selected for installation at Ram Temple. (PTI)

6:00 pm: Had Mulayam Singh been alive he would have attended Ram temple event: Aparna Yadav

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav on Thursday said that had he been alive he would have surely attended the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Aparna Yadav, who is the BJP leader, said she has got the invitation for the ceremony and that it was a matter of pride for all "Sanatani" that this moment of happiness has arrived.

"I think he would have definitely gone if he had been alive," Aparna Yadav told PTI when asked if Mulayam Singh Yadav would have accepted the invitation.

On January 13, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav thanked the Ram temple trust for inviting him to the 'pran pratishtha' ceremony on January 22, and said he would visit the temple with his family after the event. (PTI)

5:25 pm: Acharya Pramod Krishnam asks Congress to reconsider decision

Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam on 18 January said, as quoted by ANI, "...Lord Ram is the soul of India. India can't even be imagined without Lord Ram. So, I think declining the invitation (to pranpratishtha) was not correct and it should be reconsidered."

5:00 pm: ‘Next year to be celebrated as Ramayan Utsav across globe’: Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi

Ahead of the much-awaited Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Lord Ram in Ayodhya in less than a week, Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi on Thursday said that next year will be celebrated as Ramayan Utsav across the globe.

The Union Minister said this at the inauguration of the seventh edition of India International Ramayan Mela at the Purana Qila in the national capital.

Talking to the reporters, Meenakashi Lekhi said, "There are a lot of new things to see and learn in this festival. Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has made a very good curation. There are performances and exhibitions from 7 countries."

The Union Minister said that the Ramayan connects people from various countries.

"Our culture impacted distant areas in the olden times. Ramayan connects all the people in this region. Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, etc., are the countries which are connected with India. These countries are not only geographically or historically connected but also culturally. The next year would be celebrated as 'Ramayan Utsav' across the globe," Lekhi said. (ANI)

4:15 pm: Firozabad bangles with images of Lord Ram reach Ayodhya

Over 10,000 bangles from Firozabad reached Ayodhya on Thursday and were handed over to the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Jaiveer Singh.

"Firozabad is famous for its glass industry. Its bangles are famous everywhere. These bangles have no joints and are polished with gold. They have been brought by Firozabad traders and 10,000 bangles have been formally handed over to the temple trust. They will be distributed among devotees by the trust," Singh told reporters.

A businessman from Firozabad, Anand Agarwal, said the traders have taken permission from the authorities to set up stalls at the venue on January 22 and 23 for the distribution of these bangles among women devotees visiting Ayodhya for the 'Pran Pratishtha' (consecration) ceremony at the Ram temple free of cost. (PTI)

These bangles, prepared by months of labour by both Hindu and Muslim workers, bear pictures of Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.

4:00 pm: UP Tourism Minister hands over ten thousand Firozabad glass bracelets

Ahead of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22, Uttar Pradesh Tourism and Cultural Minister Jaiveer Singh handed over 10,000 Firozabad glass bracelets(kade) with 'Jai Shree Ram' engraved on them to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Champat Rai on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh Tourism & Cultural Minister Jaiveer Singh said, "Firozabad is famous for its glass manufacturing industry all across the world. The district is also registered under ODOP(one district, one product) for the glass manufacturing industry."

Uttar Pradesh Tourism & Cultural Minister Jaiveer Singh lauded Firozabad's glass manufacturers over the initiative of gifting 10k glass bracelets. (ANI)

3:30 pm: E-carts to ferry devotees visiting Ayodhya to Ram temple

Battery-operated carts will be made available for devotees visiting Ayodhya to offer prayers at the Ram temple and the Hanuman Garhi temple, officials said on Thursday.

The e-carts or golf carts will offer free rides to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women while the fare for others will be announced soon, they said.

The 650 e-carts, to be deployed till March in the first phase, will be available at the parking lots across the city, Vice chairman of the Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) Vishal Singh said.

2:50 pm: All central government offices to be closed for half day on January 22 in view of 'Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha' in Ayodhya, announced Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

2:30 pm: 'Ganesh Pujan' to be held on day 3 of pre-Ram temple consecration rituals

'Ganesh Pujan' and 'Varun Pujan' will be held on 18 January as part of the rituals being performed in the run-up to the January 22 consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya, PTI quoted a priest as saying.

Earlier on Wednesday night, the idol of Ram Lalla was brought inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, while a 'Kalash Pujan' was held earlier in the day. The rituals started on Tuesday, and Ram temple trust general secretary Champat Rai said that these will continue till January 21.

1.57 pm: Hindus in Nepal eagerly wait for consecration ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya

Hindus in Nepal are enthusiastically waiting for the consecration ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22 as Nepalis, mainly from Madhesh province, plan to celebrate the occasion with huge fanfare. The Janaki temple in Janakpur - believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram’s wife Janaki alias Seeta – is gearing up to join the celebrations with multiple cultural and religious festivities. Lord Ram’s wife Seeta’s other name is Janaki, daughter of King Janak of Janakpur. It is 220 km south-east of the Nepal capital, and about 500-odd km east of Ayodhya in India and has been a symbol of the ancient bond shared by the two countries.

1.25 pm: MHA sends cyber expert team to Ayodhya ahead of Ram Temple inauguration

To deal with the cyber threats before the inauguration of Ram Temple next week, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a high-level cyber expert team to Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. MHA's I4C members, Meity officials, IB, CERT-IN officials and experts in cyber matters were sent to this team.

1.02 pm: ‘Ayodhya radiates universal peace, love’: Kerala Sneham Ashram priest Sunil Das

Kerala Sneham Ashram Priest Sunil Das on Thursday commended the spiritual atmosphere transcending boundaries in Ayodhya as the day of the much-anticipated 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of Ram Lalla nears. "Special invitations have been sent worldwide, and the entire universe is present. 'Sarva Devta' (All deities) have converged, with 'Sarva Devta Swaroopam' Shri Rama at the centre. Ayodhya radiates universal peace and love, embodying the essence of world and individual peace," he said while speaking to ANI.

1.01 om: 'Bow and arrow' to 'Ramanandi tilak' on lamp posts: Lord Ram rules hearts and streets in Ayodhya

Streetlights on flyovers decorated with artworks depicting Lord Ram, his bow and arrow and ornamental lamp posts carrying designs themed on the traditional 'Ramanandi tilak', Ayodhya is all decked up ahead of the consecration ceremony at the temple. 

12.50 pm: Ram devotees organised Maha Yagna at Kalbairav Hanuman Mandir Old city Hussaini Alam area in Hyderabad

12.42 pm: 4 lakh laddus weighing 250 quintals set to leave Ujjain for Ayodhya on Friday

Four lakh laddus have already been packed and one lakh more are being put in packets at the revered Mahakaleshwar temple here to be sent on Friday to Ayodhya for the consecration of the grand Ram temple on January 22, a shrine official said on Thursday. Each of the laddus weighs about 50 grams and the entire consignment will be of 250 quintals, he said. “We have packed four lakh laddus. One lakh are being packed today. They will be off to Ayodhya in three to four trucks on Friday,” the Mahakaleshwar Temple assistant administrator Moolchand Junwal told PTI over the phone.

12.30: ‘Album of stamps issued on Lord Ram around the world have been released’ says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "Today, I got the opportunity to join another event organised by Shri Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha Abhiyan. Today, 6 Commemorative Postage Stamps on Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir and an album of stamps issued on Lord Ram around the world have been released. I want to congratulate the people of the country and all Ram Bhakts across the world..."

12.00: PM Modi releases commemorative postage stamps on Ram temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases Commemorative Postage Stamps on Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir and a book of stamps issued on Lord Ram around the world. Components of the design include the Ram Mandir, Choupai 'Mangal Bhavan Amangal Hari', Sun, Sarayu River and Sculptures in and around the Temple. The six stamps are on the Ram temple, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, Jatayu, Kevatraj and Ma Shabri, they said. The stamp book is an attempt to showcase the international appeal of Lord Ram and the 48-page book covers stamps issued by more than of 20 countries, including the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Cambodia, and organisations like the UN.

11.35 am: 'Will celebrate 'Pran Pratishtha' like Diwali' says Uttarakhand BJP President

Uttarakhand BJP President Mahendra Bhatt said, “On January 22, we will celebrate 'Pran Pratishtha' like Diwali. We plan to install large TV screens in temples and invite people to watch the ceremony live. Additionally, we will distribute 'Prasad' when it's being distributed in Ayodhya. Every household will light five 'diyas'. It will be an important event, and we will celebrate Ram Deepawali in Uttarakhand.”

11.25 am: IMD launches a dedicated page for Ayodhya weather forecast

11.14: ‘I will represent my ancestors’: Anupam Kher on attending Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony

Actor Anupam Kher will be attending the Ram Temple Pran Pratishta ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22. Expressing his excitement, Kher, on Thursday took to X (formerly Twitter) and shared a video in which he can be seen reciting a poem on Lord Ram. He also penned a long note in Hindi which reads, "Jai Shri Ram! I will represent my ancestors and especially my grandfather Pandit Amarnath ji in Ayodhya on 22nd January! All of them dreamed of establishing Ram temple! All my Kashmiri Hindu brothers and sisters will be with me in spirit!"

11.05 am: Group from Bengaluru chants bhajan during their journey from Bengaluru to Ayodhya

10.45: Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple to gift 'onavillu' to Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Ahead of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Lord Ram idol in Ayodhya, the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram to gift 'Onavillu', a traditional ceremonial bow on Thursday in a function to the Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya as part of its consecration on January 22. The origin of the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is lost in antiquity. The Temple has references in Epics and Puranas. Srimad Bhagavatha says that Balarama visited this Temple, bathed in Padmatheertham and made several offerings. Nammalwar, 9th century poet and one among the 12 Vaishnavite saints of the Alvar tradition, has composed ten hymns in praise of Lord Padmanabha.

9.43 am: 'Ayodhya very closely related to Srirangam": Chief priest of Ranganathaswamy Temple

Ahead of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Lord Ram idol in Ayodhya, Sundar Bhattar, chief priest of Ranganathaswamy Temple called Ayodhya and Srirangam closely related. "Srirangam is one of the holiest places in the universe. Ayodhya is very closely related to Srirangam. Srirangam is one of the islands. One side is the Cauvery River and the other side is the Kollidam River. In Ayodhya, there is the Sarayu river and here it is Cauvery. Both are holy rivers."

9.36 am: PM Modi shares Bhajans devoted to Lord Ram

9.20 am: 'Why didn't Nehru then seize opportunity?': Member of Ram Janmbhoomi Teertha Kshetra slams Rahul Gandhi

Kameshwar Chaupal, a member of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, lashed out at Congress for calling the January 22 Ram Temple event a "BJP event," reminding the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that why the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru "did not seize the opportunity" when the Ram Lalla idol surfaced in 1949. Speaking with ANI, he said, "When an opportunity came 75 years ago, why did Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru not take advantage of it when the Ram Lalla idol surfaced in 1949?" "If they had built the Ram Temple, the BJP would not have needed to say anything about it," he added.

9.15 am: Anti-Terrorist Squad Commandoes deployed to boost security

Ahead of the Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha event on January 22, anti-terrorist squad commandos from Uttar Pradesh have been deployed to boost security at the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya. Security has also been heightened in Mainpuri City given the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla at the grand temple on January 22 and Republic Day on January 26.

9.00 am: Lord Ram Lalla idol brought inside temple's sanctum sanctorum, likely to be installed today

The idol of Ram Lalla was brought inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple here on Wednesday night, Shri Ram Mandir Construction Committee chairperson Nripendra Mishra said. As per Mishra, the idol is likely to be installed in the sanctum sanctorum today.

 

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