About Ayodhya (Saket)
Ayodhya is a city situated at the banks of holy River Saryu, in Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya was previously known as Saket, and is a birth place of Lord Shri Ram and setting of the great epic Ramayana. The Buddhist and Jain canonical texts mention that the religious leaders Gautama Buddha and Mahavira lived in the city.
The Ayodhya is regarded as one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, revered because of its association in the great Indian epic poem Ramayana with the birth of Rama and with the rule of his father Dasharatha. According to Ramayana Ayodhya was founded by Manu, the progenitor of mankind.
Ayodhya is a small town in northern India that, for centuries was home to Babri Masjid. The mosque was built in 1527 by a general associated with the Mughal Emperor Babur and was a rare surviving example of the architecture of the early Mughal Empire. Babri Masjid was later destroyed in 1992 amid interreligious tensions.
On 22nd Jan 2024, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 3 story monument the Ayodhya Temple which is made of marble, sandstone and teak features 44 gates and 392 intricately-carved pillars. The inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is on horizon, with the consecration (Pran Pratishtha) of Ram Lalla to set place between 12:15 to 12:45pm on Jan 22.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir
The deity Ram’s Idol, crafted by Arun Yogiraj, and was positioned within the temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum. Draped in veil, the initial photograph of the idol was unveiled during the placement ceremony in the Sanctum Sanctorum on Thursday. The worship if Lord Rama will be done in the morning and a Priest from Varanasi Laxmi Kant Dixit will perform the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at 12:20 pm and the ceremony is likely to conclude by 1 pm. Later after the 22nd Jan event the doors of Ram temple will be opened for the worship by the devotees.
The Ram temple management committee has received other offerings such as a 108 feet incense stick which will spread its fragrance in whole Ayodhya for 45days the 108 number holds immense significance in Hinduism representing completeness and auspiciousness. A resounding ring of faith: a 2100 kg bell specially crafted which will be heard in whole of Ayodhya. A unique clock displaying time in eight countries simultaneously, has been gifted then some of the other gifts are A giant lamp weighing 1,100 kg, gold footwear, a 10 feet high lock and key, from Janakpur ( Sita’s Birth place) in Nepal more than 3000 gifts has been sent which includes silver footwear, ornaments and clothes.
Apart from all this millions of people from Indian and abroad have donated generously to support the construction of the Ram Mandir. These contributions big or small reflect the collective spirit of a community driven by love and faith.