Ram Mandir: Ayodhya Ram Mandir Complete List of Rituals and Related Events During the Pran Pratishtha Ceremony

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Ram Mandir: The 7-day religious rituals of Ayodhya Ram Mandir consecration ceremony will begin on Tuesday, January 16 and continue until January 21, 2024. The auspicious Prana Pratishtha at the temple will begin at 12.20 p.m. and will be completed by 1 p.m. on January 22, 2024.

Addressing a press conference, General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Champat Rai said that the Ram Lalla idol is to be placed in ‘Garbh Griha’ on January 18, 2024. He further said that the Ram Lalla idol depicts the deity as a 5-year-old boy in a standing posture.

“The idol for which Prana Pratishtha is made of stone, and in my assessment, it weighs somewhere between 150 and 200 kg,” he added. The timing of the muhurat (auspicious time) was decided by Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid of Varanasi.

The Ram Lalla Idol, made by Mysuru-based Arjun Yogiraj, has been selected for installation at the Ram Mandir. The Ram temple complex area is built in the traditional Nagara style. It is going to be 380 feet in length (east-west direction), 250 feet in width, and 161 feet in height. Each floor of the temple will be 20 feet high and have a total of 392 pillars and 44 gates, as Champat Rai had said earlier.

The trust general secretary further said that “the ceremony will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and president of the temple trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Seating arrangements have been made for around 8,000 people,” he added.

According to sources, over 7000 people were invited by the temple trust (Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra) to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. The invitees include esteemed dignitaries like Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikant, Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani etc.

Classical Indian Instruments to be Played at the Grand Pran Pratishtha Ceremony

Musicians from different parts of India have been selected to perform during the Ayodhya Ram Mandir consecration ceremony.

Details of Prana Pratishtha and Related Events:

Event Date and Venue: The auspicious Prana Pratishtha yoga of the Deity of Bhagwan Shri Ram Lalla arrives on the approaching Paush Shukla Kurma Dwadashi, Vikram Samvat 2080, i.e., Monday, the 22nd of January 2024.

Scriptural Protocols and Pre-Ceremony Rituals: Following all the Shastriya protocols, the programme of Prana Pratistha will be held in the Abhijeet Muhurta in the afternoon. The formal procedures of pre-Prana Pratistha sacraments will start from tomorrow, i.e., 16th January and continue till 21st January 2024. The Dwadash Adhivas protocols will be as follows:

a. 16th January: Prayaschita and Karmakuti Poojan
b. 17th January:
Parisar Pravesh of the Murti
c. 18th January (Evening): Teerth Poojan, Jal Yatra, and Gandhadhivas
d. 19th January (Morning): Aushadhadhivas, Kesaradhivas, Ghritadhivas
e. 19th January (Evening): Dhanyadhivas
f. 20th January (Morning): Sharkaradhivas, Phaladhivas
g. 20th January (Evening): Pushpadhivas
h. 21st January (Morning): Madhyadhivas
i. 21st January (Evening): Shaiyadhivas

3. Adhivas Protocols and Acharyas: Generally, there are Seven Adhivasas in Prana Pratistha ceremony, and a minimum of three Adhivasas are in practice. There will be 121 Acharyas conducting the rituals. Shri Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid Ji will be overseeing, coordinating, anchoring, and directing all the proceedings of the Anushthan, and the principal Acharya will be Shri Luckshmikant Dixit of Kashi.

4. Distinguished Guests: The Prana Pratishtha will be conducted in the august presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bharat Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Pujaniya Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Shri Mohan Bhagwat Ji, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel Ji, Hon’ble Chief Minister of U.P. Shri Yogi Adityanath Ji Maharaj, and other dignitaries.

5. Diverse Representation: Acharyas of all schools of Bharatiya spiritualism, religion, sect, system of worship, tradition, Sants of more than 150 traditions, Mahamandaleshwars, Mandaleshwars, Shrimahants, Mahants, Nagas, as well as leading figures of more than 50 Adivasi, Girivasi, Tatavasi, Dwipavasi tribal traditions, will remain present to witness the Prana Pratistha ceremony on the premises of the Bhavya Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir.

6. Historic Tribal Representation: The presence of the tribal traditions being represented by the people of the hills, forests, coastal belts, islands, etc., is happening for the first time in the recent history of Bharat. It will be unique in itself.

7. Inclusive Traditions: The traditions include Shaiva, Vaishnav, Shaakta, Ganapatya, Patya, Sikh, Bauddha, Jain, Dashnam, Shankar, Ramanand, Ramanuj, Nimbarka, Madhva, Vishnu Nami, Ramsanehi, Ghisapanth, Garibdasi, Gaudiya, Kabirpanthi, Valmiki, Shankardev (Assam), Madhav Dev, ISKCON, Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Gayatri Parivar, Anukul Chandra, Thakur Parampara, Mahima Samaj of Odisha, Akali, Nirankari, Namdhari from Punjab, Radhasoami, and Swaminarayan, Varkari, Veer Shaiva, etc.

8. Darshan and Celebration: After the completion of the Prana Pratishtha programme in the Garbha-Griha, all the witnesses will have darshan respectively. The enthusiasm for the Prana Pratishtha of Shri Ram Lalla is being felt everywhere. It has been resolved to celebrate it with great enthusiasm all over Bharat, including Ayodhya. During the run-up to the ceremony, people from different states are continuously coming with water, soil, gold, silver, gems, clothes, jewellery, huge bells, drums, aroma/fragrance items, etc.

The most notable among them were the Bhaars (gifts sent at the time of setting up a daughter’s house) sent from Maa Janaki’s maternal homes at Janakpur (Nepal) and Sitamarhi (Bihar), which a large number of people carried to Ayodhya, and also gifts of different types of jewellery, etc., were offered by the Nanihal at Raipur, Dandakaranya area.


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