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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Money markets to remain closed on January 22, says RBI

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.

A view of 'Havan Kunds' prepared for the consecration ceremony of Ram Temple, in Ayodhya, Thursday, Jan. 18. 2024. (PTI Photo)Premium
A view of 'Havan Kunds' prepared for the consecration ceremony of Ram Temple, in Ayodhya, Thursday, Jan. 18. 2024. (PTI Photo)

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. On Wednesday 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.

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A special puja was held in the sanctum sanctorum before the idol was brought inside. 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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6:25 am: UK celebrates Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony

The UK declaration, signed by over 200 mandirs, community organizations, and associations nationwide, will be presented to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya before the Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22.

The powerful statement from Dharmic communities in the UK highlights shared joy and solidarity with the 1.5 billion global celebrants, warmly embracing the inauguration ceremony of the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya.

6:42 am: MHA sends high-level team to Ayodhya to deal with cyber threat

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent a high-level team to Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya to deal with cyber threats ahead of the inauguration of the Ram Temple in the historical town on January 22.

As per sources, the joint team includes officials of MHA's Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and experts in cyber matters.

6: 54 am: Preparations for Pran Pratishtha ceremony complete, says UP Dy CM Brajesh Pathak

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak on Wednesday said that all the preparations for the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lalla scheduled later this month in Ayodhya are completed. "This is a wonderful moment, an unforgettable moment. Lord Ram is coming. All preparations are complete," he told ANI.

7:11 am: These states declared a holiday or half day on January 22

The upcoming 'Pran Prathishtha' ceremony for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 22, has prompted several states or central governments to declare it a public holiday or half day in honor of this significant Hindu event.

The Department of Personnel and Training on Thursday announced that all central government offices will be closed for half day on January 22 on the occasion of the Pran Pratishta ceremony of Ram Lalla idol at Ayodhya Ram Temple.

7:23 am: All India Matua Mahasangha to distribute 22k lamps, sweets across Nadia

Ahead of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Lord Shri Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, the All India Matua Mahasangha of Krishna Nagar constituency in West Bengal will distribute 22,000 lamps and sweets across the Nadia North organizational district on January 21, a statement from the Mahasangha said.

According to the statement of Matua Mahasangha, this initiative is aimed at uniting the community in joyful preparation for the historic occasion.

7:56 am: Punjab artist makes 10-foot-tall painting of Lord Ram

The excitement of every devotee is increasing as the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Mandir comes near. An Amritsar-based artist has made a 10-foot painting of Lord Ram which he wishes should be installed in the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

"I have made this painting with great devotion for January 22. India had a dream when would the Ram temple be built? The size of this painting is 7 feet by 10 feet and I started making it on January 1. It is my wish that this painting should be installed in the Ram Mandir," the artist said.

8:17 am: First photo of ‘Ram Lalla’ inside Ram Temple

Ahead of Ayodhya's Ram temple consecration ceremony, the idol of Lord Ram was placed inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Covered with a veil, the first photo of the idol was revealed during the placement ceremony in the sanctum sanctorum. After various rituals were performed in the sanctum sanctorum throughout the day on Thursday, the child form of the Lord was placed at its appointed place. Now the cover has been removed from all places except his Shri Mukh. The full unveiling of the idol is likely to be done on the occasion of Pran Pratistha only.

8:53 am: Yogi govt to initiate helicopter services to Ayodhya Dham

To facilitate the pilgrimage for Ram devotees and tourists visiting Ayodhya Dham by helicopter, the Uttar Pradesh government under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is introducing helicopter services from six districts in the state with a fixed fare.

"Ram devotees and tourists will be offered helicopter services from Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Mathura, and Agra. Plans are underway to expand this service to additional districts in the state shortly," it said.

9:05 am: 500 kg ‘kumkum’ leaves sent from Amravati for Pran Pratishtha

Five hundred kilograms of ‘kumkum’ leaves have been sent from Amravati in Maharashtra to Ayodhya for the idol consecration of the Ram temple on January 22. Spiritual leaders Rajeshwar Mauli and Jitendranath Maharaj are taking the ‘kumkum’ leaves to the holy town in UP.

The function to mark their departure to Ayodhya on Thursday was attended by local MP Navneet Rana. Kumkum leaves carry profound social and religious significance in India.

9:10 am: Idol of Lord Ram placed inside sanctum sanctorum of Ram Temple

In a significant prelude to the forthcoming Pran Prathishta ceremony on January 22, the idol of Shri Ram Lalla was installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the newly built grand temple with full rituals on Thursday evening.

According to the CMO, various rituals and worship were performed before enshrining Shri Ram Lalla. The priests who specially came from Kashi for the consecration of life conducted the program successfully. Now on January 22, in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Yogi, a program of consecration of life will be organized among various institutions.

9:24 am: Rajasthan govt declares a half-day holiday on January 22

Rajasthan government on Thursday declared a half-day holiday in the state on January 22 given the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma announced the BJP Legislature Party meeting held at the party’s headquarters here on Thursday night, a spokesperson said.

The state's order comes after the Centre announced a half-day holiday for all its employees on January 22. Cabinet Minister Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary said that he has sent a request to the chief minister to change it to a full-day leave on January 22.

9:47 am: Ayodhya gears up for 'Pran Pratishtha' of Ram Temple with floral splendor

The city of Ayodhya is adorned with vibrant flowers in preparation for the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of the Ram Temple scheduled on January 22. In visuals captured by ANI, workers can be seen showcasing their creativity as they decorate the temple premises with a variety of flowers, predominantly marigolds.

9:58 am: Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj receives invitation to Ram Temple event

Legendary Indian batter Mithali Raj on Thursday received an invitation to attend the Ram Temple 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on January 22. After star cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli, Mithali, the most decorated batter in women's cricket history, has become the latest cricketer to receive an invitation to the event.

Mithali announced that her mother received the invitation on her behalf. "Blessed to have received the invitation to the Pran Pratishtha Mangal Vidhi in Ayodhya. My mother accepted it on my behalf," tweeted Mithali.

10:19 am: VHP members set up stall to offer tea free of cost to devotees

Members of Vishva Hindu Parishad set up a stall to offer free of cost tea to devotees coming to Ayodhya, ahead of Ram Temple ‘Pran Pratishtha’. 

10:48 am: Gujarat govt declares half-day holiday for its offices on January 22

All government offices in Gujarat will remain closed for half a day on January 22 to celebrate the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya, officials said on Friday.

A notification regarding the closure of offices till 2.30 pm on January 22 was issued by the state government late on Thursday night, they said.

“The entire country will be celebrating the Ram temple consecration ceremony on January 22. All offices and institutes of state government will remain closed till 2.30 pm on January 22 so that people of the state can participate in the celebrations," the notification said.

11:28 am: 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.

11:43 am: BJP writes to Mamata, urges her to declare holiday on January 22

West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar on Friday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urging her to declare a holiday on January 22 so that people can participate in the celebrations marking the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.

Central government establishments, public sector banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, and regional rural banks (RRBs) across the country will remain closed for half a day on January 22. Several states, including neighboring Assam and Odisha, have also declared half-day holidays to mark the consecration ceremony.

11:55 am: Ram Janmabhoomi chief priest opens up on significance of 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das Maharaj on Friday said the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony on January 22 will mark the ritualistic transference of the soul and spirit of the deity into the idol.

Speaking to ANI on Thursday, the chief priest at Ayodhya's Ram Janmbhoomi said, "The soul and spirit of Lord Ram, which are worshipped by one and all, will pass on to the idol through the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony. The ritual would involve the chanting of verses from the Vedas."

“The energy of Lord Ram that we worship, which helps in our well-being and keeps us in good spirits and of sound body and mind at all times, will be transferred to the idol. So, worshipping this idol of Shri Ram Lalla will bring good health and tidings," the seer said.

12.32 pm: ‘Skating, cycling, walking’ the journeys people are taking to reach Ayodhya

Walking, cycling, and even skating! Covering long distances amid bone-chilling cold, people from all over the country and cutting across religions are flocking to the temple town of Ayodhya ahead of the consecration ceremony on January 22.

Driven by their faith in Lord Ram and carried through by the overwhelming religious mood in the country, they say they desire to be a part of the historic day and want to send out a message of love and unity.

12:38 pm: 400 kg lock from Aligarh sent to Ayodhya Ram Mandir

As devotees countdown to the opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22, the world's largest lock, weighing 400 kg, was sent from Aligarh to Ayodhya on Friday.

After worshipping as per the rituals, Mahamandaleshwar Annapurna Bharti Puri, a resident of Norangabad, Aligarh, left for Ayodhya with the lock. A crane was called to place the 400-kg lock in a vehicle. People gathered to see the lock and chanted 'Jai Shri Ram'.

The lock was made two years ago by an elderly couple, Satya Prakash Sharma and his wife Rukmini Sharma, who were residents of Norangabad, Aligarh. Satya Prakash Sharma passed away recently. His wish was that this lock should be gifted to Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

1:15 pm: MP govt declares half-day holiday for its offices on Jan 22

All government offices and institutions in Madhya Pradesh will remain closed for half a day on January 22 to celebrate the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya, officials said on Friday. The state government issued a notification late on Thursday night regarding the closure of offices till 2.30 pm on January 22, they said. The entire country will be celebrating the Ram temple consecration ceremony on January 22.

1:35 pm: PM Modi urges people to light Ram Jyoti on January 22

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government is inspired by Lord Ram’s principles of governance with honesty and urged people to light Ram Jyoti on January 22, stressing that it will be an inspiration to remove poverty from their lives.

“Modi’s guarantee means ‘guarantee puri hone ki guarantee’. Lord Ram taught us to honour commitments made and we are fulfilling all goals we set for the welfare of the poor and their empowerment," he said.

2:05 pm: CM Yadav flags off trucks carrying 5 lakh laddus for Ram temple consecration from Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Friday flagged off five trucks carrying five lakh laddus, prepared at the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, to Ayodhya for the consecration of the Ram temple.

Yadav, accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, waved saffron flags to roll out the trucks, shaped like chariots and decorated with pictures of Lord Ram, amid chants of 'Jai Shri Ram'.

The laddus weigh about 50 gm each, and the entire consignment is 250 quintals, an official of Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar Temple told PTI.

2:34 pm: CM Yogi takes stock of arrangements in Ayodhya

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday reached 'Ram Nagri' to take stock of the arrangments and preparations for the mega 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony. He also offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple, one of the popular shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Thereafter, the CM reached the Ram Mandir, where he performed 'Aarti' and 'Parikrama' of Shri Ram Lalla.

The visit on Friday marked Chief Minister Adityanath's third to Ayodhya within 11 days. He was seen making enquiries about preparations for the 'Pran Pratishtha' event from officials of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust during this visit.

3:10 pm: Tripura govt announces half-day holiday on January 22

The Tripura government declared a half-day holiday in the state on January 22 in view of the consecration ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya, officials said on Friday.

The state government issued a notification late on Thursday night regarding the closure of offices till 2.30 pm on January 22, they said.

3:40 pm: Chariot from Lord Hanuman's birthplace Kishkindha reaches Ayodhya

A chariot from Lord Hanuman's birthplace Kishkindha, traced in the region of present-day Hampi in Karnataka, has arrived in Ayodhya ahead of the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22.

Visiting temples across the country, the chariot went to Goddess Sita's birthplace Janakpur in present-day Nepal before arriving in Ayodhya. A group of 100 devotees travelled with the chariot, singing and dancing, raising slogans of "Jai Shree Ram" and waving saffron flags with Lord Ram's pictures.

After touring the temple town of Ayodhya, the chariot has been parked on the banks of the Sarayu river where it is catching the attention of tourists and devotees.

The huge chariot looks like a temple with carvings in golden colour. On one side of the chariot are pictures of various places it has visited as well as from the day of the start of its tour. (PTI)

4:10 pm: VHP patron Dinesh Chandra invites Brahma Kund Gurudwara head for Pran Pratishtha ceremony

As the Vedic rituals ahead of the 'Pran Pratishtha' of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's temple entered its fourth day today, International patron of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Dinesh Chandra on Friday reached Brahma Kund Gurudwara in Ayodhya where he met Giani Maharaj Ji of the Gurudwara and gave him an invitation letter to attend the Pran Pratishtha ceremony to be held on January 22.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad International Patron Dinesh Chandra said, "This is a historic moment, and now Lord Ramlala has been seated in his place. This moment has been awaited for 500 years. Many people were yearning to see this moment. This moment is historical. Preparations are being made for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony to be held on January 22. Now only a few days are left when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come to Ayodhya and consecrate the life of Lord Ramlala."

Govind Dev Giri, a member of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, said that the 'Netronmelan' (unveling of Ram Lalla's statue) will be done by applying honey to a gold bar.

The 'Pran Pratishtha' of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's temple will take place on January 22. (PTI)

4:40 pm: Haryana govt announces to close offices, educational institutions till 2:30 pm on January 22

In view of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the Haryana government has issued a notice announcing that all government offices, including boards, schools, colleges, corporations and universities, will remain closed on January 22 until 2:30 p.m.

The notice issued on Thursday read, "It is hereby notified that half day (till 2.30 P.M) of January 24, 2024 (Monday) shall be observed as a Public Holiday for all departments, boards, andCorporations, schools, colleges, universities, etc. of the Haryana Government to enable itsemployees to participate in the celebration of Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya."

Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh government issued a notice announcing that all government offices will remain closed on January 22 until 2:30 pm in view of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (PTI)

5:30 pm: Ambanis to Bachchan among those in state guest list of invitees

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani and his family as well as Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan are among those who feature in a select state guest list of invitees to the consecration of the Ram temple next week.

While about 8,000 people are in the long list of invitees, the select list features just a few hundred people, including prominent politicians, leading industrialists, top film stars, sportspersons, bureaucrats and diplomats.

According to the list, which PTI has accessed, Bachchan will fly into Ayodhya in a private chartered plane for the opening of the 161-feet tall pink sandstone shrine.

From the film industry, the list features actors Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Allu Arjun, Mohanlal, Anupam Kher and Chiranjeevi. Besides, sarod maestro Amjad Ali, lyricist and poet Manoj Muntashir and his wife, lyricist and writer Prasoon Joshi, and directors Sanjay Bhansali and Chandraprakash Dwivedi are invited too.

Also on the list are billionaire Mukesh Ambani, his mother Kokilaben, wife Neeta, sons Akash and Anant, daughter-in-law Shloka and would-be-daughter-in-law Radhika Merchant. Other prominent industrialists invited include Aditya Birla Group chairperson Kumar Mangalam Birla and his wife Nirja, Piramal Group chairperson Ajay Piramal, Mahindra and Mahindra's Anand Mahindra and DCM Shriram's Ajay Shriram and TCS CEO K Krithivasan.

K Satish Reddy of Dr Reddy's Pharmaceuticals, Zee Entertainment Enterprises CEO Punit Goenka, L&T CEO S N Subrahmanyan and his wife, Durali Divi of Divis Laboratories, Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, Jindal Steel & Power head Naveen Jindal and Naresh Trehan of Medanta Group are there as well.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and former Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia are also on the list.

India's G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant, former diplomat Amar Sinha, former attorney generals K K Venugopal and Mukul Rohtagi, and Indian women cricket captain Mitali Raj are among others finding mention on the list. (PTI)

6:00 pm: Puducherry govt declares public holiday on January 22

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Friday announced that January 22 would be a public holiday in the Union Territory in view of consecration of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya scheduled on that day. He said that all state government offices, educational institutions and undertakings would remain closed on January 22. The centrally administered JIPMER here also announced a half-day holiday, till 2.30 PM on January 22, due to the consecration of the Ayodhya Ram temple and advised patients to avoid coming to the outpatient department during the time period. (PTI)

6:15 pm: Beds reserved at city, district hospitals, AIIMS docs train medics in Ayodhya

Ahead of the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple, beds have been reserved at city-based, district hospitals and the medical college here, and specialists from the AIIMS have provided focused emergency response training to the doctors at healthcare institutions in Ayodhya.

These beds have been reserved for the guests, who will attend the the 'pran pratishtha' ceremony at the newly-built Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22, officials said.

Over 7,000 guests have been invited to attend the consecration ceremony.

In view of the massive gathering in the temple town, the Ayodhya district administration has made arrangements to deal with any health emergency situation, especially in view of the biting cold in the holy city.

Ayodhya city has one government healthcare centre -- the over 120-year-old Sri Ram Hospital -- which is located near the Ramjanmabhoomi temple site along Ram Path. (PTI)

6:30 pm: Uttarakhand announces half-day for govt offices on January 22

In preparation for the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony at the Ayodhya Ram Temple, the Uttarakhand government has announced that all government offices and educational institutions in the state will be shut till 2:30 pm on January 22.

The decision aims to facilitate the participation of employees in the historic event.

Likewise, educational institutes in the State will also be shut, the State government said. (PTI)

6:45 pm: NDRF deploys G20 procured HAZMAT trucks, diving teams in Ayodhya

'Multiple NDRF teams trained to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks, drowning incidents and disasters like earthquakes have been deployed in Ayodhya ahead of the Ram temple consecration ceremony, an official said on Friday.

National Disaster Response Force Director General (DG) Atul Karwal told PTI that the teams are undertaking continuous familiarisation exercises and conducting simulation drills in the temple town to respond to any contingency.

"Multiple NDRF teams, few HAZMAT (hazardous material) vehicles that were procured by the force during the recently concluded G20 summit in Delhi have been stationed in Ayodhya to effectively deal with any kind of disaster or trouble," Karwal said on the sidelines of the 19th Raising Day event of the NDRF here.

"A commanding officer of our battalion that is permanently based in Varanasi has been sent to Ayodhya and is camping there," he said.

The DG said the teams will continue to be stationed in Ayodhya after the January 22 consecration ceremony, till the hectic activity and rush of pilgrims in the city continues. (PTI)

7:15 pm: Jamia Millia Islamia to remain half-day closed on January 22

The Jamia Millia Islamia and its schools will remain closed for half-day till 2.30 pm on January 22 due to the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya, an official statement said on Thursday.

In an official notification, the university said that all its maintained institutions, centres and offices shall observe half-day on Monday on account of Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya.

However, the examinations and meetings already scheduled for the day will be held as usual, it added. (PTI)

7:45 pm: Money markets to remain closed on January 22, says RBI

Money markets will remain closed on January 22, with the Maharashtra government announcing a holiday in connection with the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The Maharashtra government has declared January 22 as a public holiday. So, there will be no transactions and settlements in government securities (primary and secondary), foreign exchange, money markets and rupee interest rate derivatives on that day, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a fresh circular on Friday.

The central bank modified its earlier circular wherein it had said that trading in money markets will open at 2.30 pm instead of 9 am on January 22.

According to RBI, the three-day Variable Rate Repo (VRR) auction conducted on Friday with date of reversal on January 22 will now be reversed on January 23.

Further, it said the three-day VRR auction announced earlier in the day stands cancelled.

Instead, a two-day VRR auction will be conducted on January 23.

Public sector banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) across the country will remain closed for half-day on January 22.

The Department of Personnel and Training has also issued an order for a half-day closure for central government establishment on January 22. (PTI)

8:15 pm: Notice issued to Amazon for sale of sweets claiming 'Sri Ram Mandir Ayodhya Prasad'

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), headed by Chief Commissioner Rohit Kumar Singh, has initiated action against Amazon Seller Services, concerning the sale of sweets on www.amazon.in under the name 'Shri Ram Mandir Ayodhya Prasad.'

As per an official statement of the Department of Consumer Affairs, the action has been initiated based on a representation made by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) alleging that Amazon is engaging in deceptive trade practices involving the sale of sweets under the guise of 'Shri Ram Mandir Ayodhya Prasad'.

The products highlighted are Raghupati Ghee Ladoo, Khoya Khobi Ladoo, Ghee Bundi Ladoo, Desi Cow Milk Peda

It has been observed that various sweets/food products are available for sale on the Amazon e-commerce platform (www.amazon.in) claiming it to be "Shri Ram Mandir Ayodhya Prasad".

It is notable that under Consumer Protection (e-commerce) Rules, 2020, enabling the sale of food products online that make false representations misleads consumers regarding the genuine characteristics of the product.

Such practice falsely influences consumers to make purchase decisions they might not have otherwise taken, had the accurate attributes of the product been mentioned. (PTI)

8:40 pm: UP jails to live telecast 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony

Ram temple fever has gripped not just the outside world but also the prisoners of Uttar Pradesh where the inmates are eagerly awaiting the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22 as it will be shown to them live inside their barracks.

The inmates are busy preparing various items which are being sent for the ceremony. 'Katha' (recitals) and 'bhajans' have also been organised for the jail inmates on the occasion, jail officials said.

Asked about the arrangements to telecast the ceremony inside the jails, Uttar Pradesh Prison Minister Dharmveer Prajapati told PTI, "We are making arrangements inside the prisons to show the ceremony live to the inmates."

"Not everyone inside the jail is a hardcore criminal. The prisoners are very much keen to watch the ceremony live," he added. (PTI)

9:10 pm: SpiceJet to start more direct flights to Ayodhya

SpiceJet on Friday said it will start direct flights to Ayodhya from the national capital, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna, and Darbhanga starting February 1.

In a statement, the carrier said the strategic expansion will also contribute to the growth of regional air connectivity.

Earlier, the airline had announced non-stop flights to Ayodhya from Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.

The carrier will also be operating a special flight from Delhi to Ayodhya on January 21, catering to passengers attending the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple. (PTI)

9:40 pm: Reliance Industries announces holiday for all its offices on January 22

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has announced a holiday for all its offices across the country on Monday, January 22, in the wake of the Ayodhya Ram Temple 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony, reported news agency ANI. The announcement comes hours after the oil-to-telecom conglomerate released its October-December quarter results for fiscal 2023-24 (Q3FY24) earlier today.

10:10 pm: Rajasthan govt issues order to close all slaughterhouses, meat, fish shops on January 22

In view of the Ayodhya Ram Temple 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony, the Rajasthan government has issued an order to close all the slaughterhouses and meat and fish shops in the state on January 22. (ANI)

10:40 pm: MP Govt declares holiday for colleges, universities on January 22

The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday announced a holiday for all the state government and private universities in the state.

"The state government hereby declares a full-day holiday in all the government and non-government universities and colleges of the state on January 22, 2024 (Monday) on the occasion of organising the Pran Pratistha program of Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya," an official order issued by the Madhya Pradesh government on Friday said.

Earlier, the Centre announced on Thursday that all central government offices will be closed for a half-day on January 22 for the 'Pran Patishtha' ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

As per the notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, all central government offices, central Institutions and central industrial establishments across the country shall remain closed for half a day until 2:30 pm.

The Maharashtra government has announced a public holiday in the state on January 22 when the Pran Pratishtha ceremony will be held in Ayodhya. (PTI)

10:55 pm: BMC declares holiday for employees on January 22

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday announced a holiday for its employees on January 22, the day when the idol consecration ceremony will take place at the new Ram temple in Ayodhya. The civic body, however, excluded the employees of emergency services like fire brigade, disaster management, Deonar abattoir and hospitals from the holiday. The BMC employees and workers posted in neighbouring Thane district will also get a holiday, an official circular said. Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra government declared holiday on January 22 on the occasion of the Ram temple 'pran pratishtha' (consecration) ceremony. (PTI)

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