AYODHYA: Though the ritual for the consecration ceremony of the idol of Lord Ram will start on January 16, the ‘shubh muhurt’ (auspicious moment) for the main event will begin at 12.45pm on January 22 and will end at 1am on January 23, 2023. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai said apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, 4,000 saints and priests from 140 different sects of the country will take part in the event.In addition, 2,500 guests from different regions have also been invited along with families of martyred Army soldiers and karsevaks.
Vedic priest from Varanasi Lakshmi Kant Dixit will perform the main rituals of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22. After consultation with astrologers and Vedic priests, the Trust has decided to enthrone Ram Lalla at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple during the ‘shubh muhurt’ on January 22, Rai said.
“PM Narendra Modi will preside over the ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration) ceremony. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will also be present at the event,” Rai said.”UP Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the ceremony as part of protocol (to attend to the PM),” Rai said, adding that the invited guests will be able to pay obeisance to Ram Lalla only after the Prime Minister leaves.
In view of the limited seating capacity on the Ram Janmabhoomi complex, guests will have to sit for more than three hours at the decided places, Rai said. The Trust has appealed to the elderly and unwell guests to come for the darshan after the ceremony is over.
Guests invited to the consecration ceremony will have to compulsorily bring Aadhaar cards, he said.
“We have also invited more than 100 owners of newspapers and news channels. As per the availability of space on the Ram Janmabhoomi campus, people have been invited for the ceremony,” Rai added.