Flowers adorning the temple, special lights to enhance the aesthetic appeal — with barely 24 hours to go, the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is all set for the consecration ceremony.
On Saturday, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust released images showcasing the temple being adorned with “rich stocks” of flowers.
“These are all natural flowers and due to winter can last longer. So they will remain fresh on the day of the consecration ceremony. The fragrance and the aesthetic appeal of these vibrant flowers have lent another layer of divinity to the temple,” a source told PTI.
The source also mentioned that decorative lights used for external illumination are themed after diyas, providing a traditional aesthetic to accentuate the temple’s ornate elements.
“Inside the garbh griha, the traditional diya will be used,” he said, adding, the soft illumination on the inner side of the temple will highlight the architectural elements while the outer illumination will get turned on only after evening.
The 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, sculpted by Mysuru-based artist Arun Yogiraj, was placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple on Thursday afternoon.
As part of the upcoming rituals today, a ‘puja’ of the deities with Havan will be done today, the temple trust informed.
“After that the bathing of the idol with various medicated water from 114 Kalash (vases) will take place. There will be ‘Vyahati Hom’, night vigil, with regular evening puja and aarti,” the trust was quoted saying by ANI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also continue his visit to historical temples in Tamil Nadu that have a connection with Lord Ram today.
On Sunday, the PM will be in Dhanushkodi, offering prayers at the Sri Kothandaramar Swami Temple. The temple is believed to be the place where the younger brother of Ravan, Vibhishan, had come to meet Lord Ram and join his army because he was against Ravan’s abduction of Sita.
The PM, who is currently undertaking special rituals for 11 days in the run-up to the consecration, took a dip in the Agni theertha within the Ramanathaswamy temple complex yesterday.
Meanwhile, over 50 Musical instruments and their players have arrived from 18 states to play “Mangal Dhwani” to welcome “Ram” for the Consecration ceremony, informed the officials of the trust this this morning.
The selected musicians will showcase a variety of traditional Indian musical instruments, known as “vadya yantra,” native to their respective regions. The lineup includes bansuri and dholak artists from Uttar Pradesh, veena from Karnataka, sundari from Maharashtra, alghoza from Punjab, mardala from Odisha, santoor from Madhya Pradesh, pung from Manipur, nagada and kali from Assam, tamboora from Chhattisgarh, pakhawaj from Bihar, shehani from Delhi, and ravanhatha from Rajasthan.