Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the Pran Pratishtha rituals of Shri Ram Lala, the idol of Lord Ram, in the newly-constructed Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya on Monday. He also applied kajal on the eyes of the idol as a mark of reverence and devotion.
The Prime Minister arrived in Ayodhya in the morning and offered prayers at the Hanuman Garhi temple before proceeding to the Ram temple site. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel, and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.
In a tweet, PM Modi expressed his gratitude and joy for being part of the historic occasion. He said, “The divine moment of Pran Prathishta of Shri Ram Lala in Ayodhya Dham is an emotional moment for everyone. It is my good fortune to be part of this unique program. Jai Siyaram.”
The Pran Pratishtha ceremony, which marks the installation of the deity in the temple, was attended by over 8,000 guests from various walks of life. The event witnessed the participation of representatives from all major spiritual and religious sects across the country, as well as members of various tribal communities.
The Prime Minister also addressed the gathering and hailed the construction of the Ram temple as a symbol of national unity and cultural diversity. He said, “The Ram temple will become a modern symbol of our traditions. It will become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment. It will also symbolize the power of collective resolution of crores of people. It will keep inspiring the future generations.”
The Ram temple, which is being built on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid, is expected to be completed by 2025. The temple trust has estimated the cost of the project at Rs 1,100 crore, of which Rs 300 crore has been collected through donations so far.