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Ayodhya: THIS statue of Lord Ram selected for consecration ceremony | See photo

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi revealed the photo of the Lord Ram statue that will be installed in Ayodhya ahead of the grand consecration ceremony of the Ram temple. The statue has been carved by renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj.

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Ayodhya: This statue of Lord Ram will be installed in Ram Temple, Ayodhya

Ahead of the grand consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi revealed the photo of the Lord Ram statue that will be installed.

The statue has been carved by Karnataka-based renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj.

In a social media post on X, the union minister wrote, “The selection of the idol for the Prana Pratishtapana of Lord Rama in Ayodhya has been finalized. The idol of Lord Rama, carved by renowned sculptor of our country Yogiraj Arun, will be installed in Ayodhya."

The minister also shared a photograph of Yogiraj posing alongside the idol of Lord Ram.

Sculptor Yogiraj's mother said, "This is the happiest moment for us. I wanted to see him carving and giving shape to Ram Lalla but he said he'd take me for a sighting of the idol on the last day. So, I would finally be able to set my eyes on the idol on the day of its grand installation at the Ram Temple."

The consecration ceremony of Ayodhya Ram Nadir will take place at 12:20 pm on January 22.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a few days ago, appealed to the people to light special 'diyas' in their homes on January 22 to celebrate the day of 'pran pratishtha' at the Ram temple as 'Diwali'. Prime Minister Modi visited the temple town on December 30 during which he held a roadshow, inaugurated the redeveloped Ayodhya railway station and the newly built airport, and laid the foundation stone for a slew of other projects.

On August 5, 2020, he performed the 'Bhoomipujan' ceremony in Ayodhya for the upcoming temple.

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Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict in 2019 backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

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Lakhs of devotees are expected to descend on Ayodhya for the consecration ceremony which is likely to see over 7,000 guests from India and abroad in attendance.

Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony of Ram Lalla (infant Lord Ram) in Ayodhya will begin on January 16, a week before the main ceremony.

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A priest from Varanasi, Lakshmi Kant Dixit, will perform the main rituals of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22. From January 14 to January 22, Ayodhya will mark the Amrit Mahautsav.

A 1008 Hundi Mahayagya will also be organised, in which thousands of devotees will be fed. Several tent cities are being erected in Ayodhya to accommodate thousands of devotees, who are expected to arrive in the temple town of Uttar Pradesh for the grand consecration.

According to the Sri Ram Janambhoomi Trust, arrangements will be made for 10,000-15,000 people.

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Published: 02 Jan 2024, 08:27 AM IST
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