Visuals of the sanctum sanctorum in Ayodhya’s Ram Temple were released late Wednesday evening, wherein the idol of Ram Lalla will be placed. The pran pratishtha (consecration) ceremony is scheduled to be held on January 22.
The new stone idol has been taken to the Ram Temple premises in a closed truck mounted on a crane as it weighs around 150-200 kg. It would be seated in the sanctum sanctorum on Thursday.
The idol of Ram Lalla has been sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the main “yajman” at the consecration ceremony, Laxmikant Dixit, the main priest for the ritual said. Typically, the “yajman” is the main host of a puja — the person on whose behalf the prayers are offered.
The formal procedures for the pran pratishtha sacraments commenced from January 16. These rituals will be carried out till January 21, the day before the inauguration event.
Leading up to the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting temples with some connection to Lord Ram during his official visits to states. In the past week, the PM has visited Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to unveil developmental projects or to carry out party activities, with a loud message on Lord Ram.
PHOTOS | Visuals of the sanctum sanctorum in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir where the idol of Ram Lalla will kept. The Pran Pratishtha ceremony will be held on January 22.
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Majority of the Opposition leaders are set to skip the consecration ceremony, with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar adding to the list and announcing their absence at the event today.