New Delhi, December 30, 2023: In a heartfelt appeal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested devotees to postpone their visit to Ayodhya to avoid overcrowding on the day of inauguration of the Ram Temple, scheduled for January 22. Addressing the public after unveiling the renovated railway station and airport in the city, PM Modi emphasised the importance of avoiding any inconvenience to Lord Ram.
“As bhakts, we would not like to cause any problems to Lord Ram. You all can come starting January 23 till eternity… Ram Mandir is now there forever and ever,” assured PM Modi during the public meeting.
अयोध्या में 22 जनवरी को श्री राम लला की प्राण-प्रतिष्ठा के पावन अवसर को लेकर देशभर के 140 करोड़ परिवारजनों से मेरे दो विशेष आग्रह… pic.twitter.com/zmhmBsECBq— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 30, 2023
In addition to the request for a deferred pilgrimage, the Prime Minister urged every Indian to light a diya in their homes on January 22, marking a symbolic celebration of this historic occasion.
The highly anticipated inauguration of the Ram Temple is expected to be a grand affair, attracting devotees from all corners of the country. Construction activities are in full swing at the site, with the first phase of the temple set to be completed in a few days. Afterward, the focus will shift to intricate decoration work.
Ayodhya, currently abuzz with preparations, showcases the extensive use of Makrana Marble from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district and stones sourced from various places in the construction of this magnificent temple.
Notably, nearly 8,000 dignitaries have received invitations for the consecration ceremony on January 22. Furthermore, 15% of the workforce involved in the construction will also be part of this historic event.
Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of the twin pillars of “vikas” (development) and “virasat” (heritage), envisioning them as the driving forces propelling the nation forward. As India eagerly awaits the inauguration, the message is clear: light diyas, celebrate, but delay your pilgrimage to Ayodhya by a day for a smoother and more auspicious experience.