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Ram temple ground floor to be completed by December-end, ‘pran pratishtha’ on Jan 22: Nripendra Mishra

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NEW DELHI, Sept 26: The construction of the ground floor of the three-storey Ram temple in Ayodhya
will be completed by December-end, and the consecration ceremony is expected to take place on
January 22, temple Construction Committee Chairperson Nripendra Mishra has said.
In an interview to PTI, he also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part in an event
related to the ‘pran pratishtha’ on any day during January 20-24. The final date is yet to be
communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office, he said.
Mishra also said work is underway to design an apparatus that will be installed on the ‘shikhar’ of the
temple, which will make sun rays fall momentarily on the forehead of the deity in the sanctum
sanctorum on the day of Ram Navami every year.
It is being built in Bengaluru and its design is being overseen by scientists, he added.
The Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, and an institute in Pune have jointly created a
computerised programme for this, Mishra said.
The Supreme Court in a 2019 verdict had paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple by a trust
at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni
Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town of Uttar Pradesh.
The court had ruled that the 2.77 acres of the disputed land where the demolished 16th century-era
Babri Masjid once stood will remain with a Central government receiver and be handed over to the trust
within three months of the ruling for the construction of the temple.

The Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will formally invite Prime Minister Modi for the
consecration ceremony during which the idol of Ram Lalla will be installed in the sanctum sanctorum of
the temple.
The temple trust has decided to start the process of the consecration of Ram Lalla after Makar Sankranti
on January 14, and observe a 10-day ritual of Ram Lalla’s ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration).
The Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to open for devotees on January 24 after the consecration of Ram
Lalla idol, Mishra, a member of the trust, had said in June.
In response to a query during the interview, Mishra did not reject the suggestion that the ceremony
taking place ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls shall have political implications.
“It was planned to complete the construction of the ground floor of the temple by December 2023 and
this work will definitely be completed within the stipulated time,” he said.
He said the temple is being constructed with a vision that its structure will last at least 1,000 years
The ‘pran pratishtha’ will be started in consultation with knowledgable saints and sages, Mishra added.
He said a committee under the trust’s general secretary Champat Rai has been set up which is working
the details of this planned ceremony.
“When the ceremony takes place on January 22 next year, then there is a huge rush expected. The trust
has urged people to see it from their homes, villages (via television broadcast),” the chairman of the
temple’s construction committee said.
The Prime Minister’s Office is yet to inform as to on what date he will attend the ‘pran pratistha’-related
ceremony, Mishra said, adding the trust will announce it when the final programme comes.
But it is expected to be during January 20-24 as after that the PM will be very busy with Republic Day
and other programmes, Mishra said.
When asked about the plan for devotees who will come after the consecration ceremony, he said, they
will get 15-20 seconds time to for a ‘darshan’, but they will be satisfied with the overall experience at
the temple complex.
On the temple architecture and construction material, Mishra said, iron has not been used in its
construction, and copper has been used to link stone blocks.
The built-up area of the temple is 2.5 acres and if one includes the ‘parikrama path’ the total area of the
complex is about eight acres, he said.
Ninety bronze panels will depict the life and duties performed by Lord Ram, he added.
He also said about Rs 900 crore has been spent so far on the temple’s construction, and it is estimated
that about Rs 1,700 crore to 1,800 crore will be spent on the overall construction of the complex.
Mishra said some artefacts were unearthed during excavations by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI)
and some objects were found during the temple’s groundbreaking and construction work.
Some of these items have been placed safely under the custody of the trust, Mishra said. “After taking
permission from the ASI, we will display these in a proposed museum.”
Asked about the invitees for the consecration ceremony, he said, a preliminary list of 10,000 people is
being prepared, which will include saints, seers, people associated with Ram temple movement etc, he
added. (PTI)

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