Ayodhya’s Historic Celebration: Prana Pratishtha of Bala Rama Idol today

PM Modi Leads Inclusive Festivities in the Birthplace of Sri Rama

Pilgrims are flooding into Ayodhya, the birthplace of Sri Rama, in a symphony of celebration and devotion in honor of a momentous occasion. Monday is the much-awaited return of Bala Rama Idol, with Prana Pratishtha slated for the auspicious Abhijit Muhurta afternoon. As the master of ceremonies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present during the rituals, which start at 12:20 and end at one.

Key Points:

  • Historical Revival: Prana Pratishtha ceremony is scheduled in the auspicious Abhijit Muhurta, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Inclusive Celebration: The ceremonies are marked by inclusivity, with saints from diverse regions, including Kerala, leading the Prana Pratishtha. Political figures and celebrities from different sectors will participate.
  • Stringent Security Measures: Security remains a top priority despite the grand festivities. The temple’s grounds and surrounding regions are heavily guarded. Drone surveillance, AI-powered cameras, and the presence of multiple security teams are among the methods used.

Prime Minister Modi will preside over Prana Pratishtha, debunking early rumors. It is a significant event for the devotees. The Ayodhya temple doors will open to anxious pilgrims the following day after the festivities.

Under the guidance of Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid of Kashi, the rituals are presided over by Pandit Laxmikant Dixit, ensuring the sanctity of the process. A notable 8000 guests, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are expected to grace the occasion. Despite stringent security measures by the police and central forces, the festive spirit in Ayodhya remains undisturbed.

Security is especially tight for Prime Minister Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. As part of the grand ceremony, a staggering ten lakh earthen lamps will illuminate various temples in Ayodhya, adding a radiant touch to the celebrations.

The preparatory rituals, including Adhivasa, commenced on the 16th. Sunday witnessed the idol’s ceremonial bathing in 114 bowls of water from diverse rivers and holy places. Bala Rama’s idol, closed-eyed until Prana Pratishta is a focal point of devotion.

Leading Prana Pratishtha are saints from various regions, including Kerala, adding a diverse and inclusive touch to the proceedings. The Prime Minister’s arrival is expected on Monday morning, with special flights ferrying pilgrims, Bollywood stars, and other special guests to Ayodhya and Lucknow on the preceding day.

The Ram Temple’s entrances and main streets have undergone a floral transformation, adorned with 7500 flowering plants imported from Maharashtra. The city resonates with cultural performances echoing through its streets, including kot, song, and art. A grand musical performance by Mangaladhwani, featuring 50 traditional instruments, is scheduled before Prana Pratishtha on Monday.

AI-powered cameras and drone surveillance ensure the area remains safe. Various security forces such as the Para Commandos, Special Protection Group, National Security Guards, CRPF, Anti-Terrorism Force, Special Task Force, and state-specific units will be present during the function.

The dedication ceremony has drawn people from across the country, with about 2000 individuals from Kerala receiving invitations. The list of invitees includes renowned figures like ISRO Chairman S. Somnath, Metroman E. Sreedharan, actor Mohanlal, Baiju Ravindran of Baijus Group, and PT Usha.

The guest list extends to 500 VVIPs, representing 54 countries and featuring a diverse array of personalities from Amitabh Bachchan to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, and the iconic actors of the Ramayana series, Arun Govil and Deepika Chiklia.

As the much-anticipated ceremonies unfold, the Prime Minister’s detailed schedule is as follows:

  1. Installation of Ramla idol,
  2. Tour of Ram Janmabhoomi premises,
  3. Prana Pratishtha ceremonies, 
  4. Public Meeting

Believers profoundly believe in Lord Mahadeva’s eternal presence near the birthplace of Lord Rama, residing in the Brahmakund after Rama’s arrival. Symbolizing wealth and glory in Ayodhya’s kingdom, Kubera, as Lord Rama’s servant, stands tall at Kuber Teela.

The Prime Minister may also honor the recently erected Jatayu statue, a significant figure from the Ramayana, as the country awaits this momentous occasion. The Prime Minister is expected to return around 3:30 pm, capping a day that will go down in Ayodhya’s history books.

In the heartbeat of Ayodhya’s rich history, the imminent Prana Pratishtha of the Bala Rama Idol, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, promises not just a day of grandeur but a moment etched in the sacred tapestry of the city’s legacy.

Rohit Sharma

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