New Delhi: As the Ram Temple was inaugurated in Ayodhya yesterday (Jan. 22), Prime Minister Modi said today, “What we have seen about the Ram Temple will be etched in our memories”.
In a post on his X website, he said, “What was seen in Ayodhya on January 22 will be engraved in our memories for years to come.” He also shared a video of the Prana Pratishtai ceremony.
To watch the video:
What we saw in Ayodhya yesterday, 22nd January, will be etched in our memories for years to come. pic.twitter.com/8SXnFGnyWg
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 23, 2024
In the video, Prime Minister Modi enters the Ram temple for the consecration, and Ram devotees shed tears of joy. Scenes of the puja in the sanctum sanctorum followed with the Prime Minister’s speech in the background. Some of the Prime Minister’s speech on the opening of the Ram Temple has been compiled and added as background.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court had ruled that a Ram temple can be built on the land of Sri Rama in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Following this, on August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The Sri Ramajanma Bhoomi Theertha Shetra Trust, set up as per the Supreme Court order, quickly took up the construction of the temple.
The Tirtha Shetra Foundation had announced late last year that the Ayodhya Ram Temple would be inaugurated on January 22. On this occasion, special pujas were started in the temple from last 16th. 5.50 lakh mantras were recited in 7 days. The idol of Bala Rama sculpted by sculptor Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru, Karnataka was installed in the sanctum sanctorum on the 19th.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started an 11-day fast on the 12th to participate in the consecration ceremony. He visited various holy places related to Ramayana in various parts of the country including Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and offered worship.
In this case, the opening ceremony of Ayodhya Ram temple started yesterday morning with Mangala music. Prime Minister Modi landed at Ayodhya International Airport at 10.30 am. From there he reached the temple complex by helicopter.
At 12.10 in the afternoon, Bala entered the temple carrying a robe and a silver umbrella for Lord Rama. He went into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and performed Sankalpa Puja. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, RSS President Mohan Bhagwat, Sri Rama Janma Bhumi Foundation President Niruthya Gopal Das also participated in the puja. Vedic vendors recited mantras and PM Modi performed all the pujas and rituals.
Bala Ram idol was consecrated between 12.29 pm to 12.45 pm. Bala Rama opened his eyes and blessed the devotees. Following this, Prime Minister Modi bowed by touching the feet of Bala Rama and prostrated himself. After this, Prime Minister Modi drank the holy water offered by Swami Govind Dev and completed the 11-day fast.
A bright future: Following the consecration ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke among the special guests: Lord Ram is in the Constitution of India. But he had to fight for many years to build the temple. At this juncture I would like to thank the Department of Justice of India. We are all indebted to the devotees and saints who made various sacrifices to build the Ram temple. Ram Temple has been built as a result of centuries of patience, sacrifice and penance. Bala Rama no longer needs to stay in the tent. He now resides in New Temple.
“Please forgive me” I pray to Lord Rama. I feel that our efforts to build a Ram Temple in Ayodhya in the past were not enough. Due to some defect our dream was not fulfilled. After a long struggle, we have completed the construction of the grand temple in Ayodhya. Next, we have to take Bharat on the path of progress. Bharat should be built as a strong, prosperous, spiritual land. On the 21st, I conducted flower-sprinkling worship at Dhanushkodi Arichalmunai beach in Tamil Nadu. Since then I think the Enlightenment has started. The Prime Minister spoke thus.
The Ayodhya Ram Temple complex covers an area of about 72 acres. It is noteworthy that the Ram temple has been built on 2.7 acres in Nagara construction art with 3 floors, 5 domes and a tower at a height of 161 feet.