Rituals for the Ayodhya Ram Temple ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony began on Tuesday, January 16 and will continue till January 21. The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony for Ram Lalla is scheduled to take place on January 22 and is being hailed as the ‘Pran Pratistha Diwas’.
Today, the idol of Ram Lalla Ji is set to tour the premises of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, Vedic scholar Acharya Shri Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid informed sources. Earlier on Tuesday, after worship of Vishnu, ‘Panchgavyaprashan’ was performed at Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple with ‘Panchgavya’ consisting of cowmilk, cow urine, cow dung, ghee, and curds.
Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, holds immense spiritual, historical and cultural significance for followers of the Sanatan Dharma.
Top Shankaracharyas to miss Pran Pratistha ceremony
A political run-in has begun after top Shankaracharyas decided to not be a part of Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha Diwas that is scheduled to take place on January 22. Expressing their displeasure, the heads of all four shrines called ‘peeths’, said they would not attend the inauguration event since it was being held “against the shastras,” or sacred Hindu scriptures.
The four ‘peeths’ or “peethastans’ are located in the states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Odisha, and Karnataka of India.
The construction work is nearing completion, while other preparations are on in full swing with workmen having arrived from different parts of the nation and contributing with their skills and expertise. Anticipation is high for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. Numerous VVIPs from around the world are expected to grace the occasion.
Traditional invites being handed personally
Traditional invites for the Pran Pratishtha are being sent throughout the country. Devotees of Lord Ram are going door- to- door, traditionally extending invitations by presenting Akshat, or rice, as a symbol of the invitation. In Hindu tradition, Akshata, whole grain rice is dyed with turmeric and ‘kumkum’ is typically used for auspicious religious events like hawan, puja, weddings, and to invite people to such festivals or events. Ram Mandir