The consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is set to happen on January 22 next year, according to Nripendra Mishra, the chairperson of the temple construction committee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part in the ‘pran pratishtha’ event sometime between January 20-24. The final date is still being confirmed. The ground floor of the three-storey temple is expected to be completed by the end of December, and the temple will likely open for devotees on January 24 after the consecration of the Ram Lalla idol. The construction committee is also working on designing an apparatus to make the sun rays fall on the deity’s forehead on Ram Navami every year.
In 2019, the Supreme Court allowed the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. It also directed the Centre to provide an alternative five-acre plot for the construction of a mosque. The court ruled that the disputed land will remain with a Central government receiver and be handed over to the trust within three months for the temple’s construction. The Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will formally invite Prime Minister Modi for the consecration ceremony, which will involve installing the idol of Ram Lalla in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.
The temple trust plans to start the process of consecration after Makar Sankranti on January 14 and observe a 10-day ritual for Ram Lalla’s consecration.