Countdown for Ram Temple consecration in Ayodhya begins

The Ayodhya Ram Temple is nearing completion with mere weeks left for the inaugural ceremony. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has been constantly sharing details of the construction to highlight the extensive work done in the temple including the sanctum sanctorum – where the idol of Ram Lalla will be placed on January 22.

The Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust will enthrone Ram Lalla at the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple between noon and 12:45 pm IST on January 22. The trust has invited 4,000 saints of all sects for the ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the inauguration ceremony.

Ayodhya will see Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony of Ram Lalla begin from January 16 next year. The city will mark Amrit Mahotsav from January 14 to January 22 and a 1008 Hundi Mahayagya will also be organized to feed thousands of devotees.

Background 

The Ram Temple issue in Ayodhya, India, was a long-standing and contentious matter. The dispute revolved around the Babri Masjid, a mosque built in Ayodhya in the 16th century, and the belief among Hindus that the site is the birthplace of Lord Rama. The mosque was demolished in 1992 by a large mob of Hindu activists, leading to widespread communal tensions and violence.

In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India delivered a historic verdict in the Ayodhya dispute. The court ruled in favor of the construction of a Hindu temple at the disputed site and ordered the allocation of an alternative piece of land to the Muslim community for the construction of a mosque.

Following the court’s decision, there were discussions and plans for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The construction process was expected to be a significant development, symbolizing the end of a decades-long dispute.

Ancient Ram Temple plan owned by Jaipur Royal family which claims to be the descendent of the Lord Rama.

The Ram Temple Timeline

The Ram Temple case has a complex and lengthy history. Here’s a brief timeline of key events leading up to the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya:

16th Century: The Babri Masjid is believed to have been built in Ayodhya in the 16th centuryR

1853: The first recorded incidents of religious violence at the site occurred

1949: Idols of Lord Rama were placed inside the Babri Masjid, leading to disputes

1950: Gopal Singh Visharad filed the first suit in the Faizabad Civil Court seeking permission to worship the idols

1959: The Nirmohi Akhara filed a suit claiming possession of the site

1961: The Sunni Waqf Board filed a suit for possession

1984: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) launched a movement to build a temple at the disputed site

1986: The Faizabad District Court ordered the opening of the locks of the Babri Masjid, allowing Hindus to worship inside

1989: The foundation of the proposed Ram Temple was laid on land adjacent to the disputed site

1992: The Babri Masjid was demolished by a large mob of Hindu activists on December 6, 1992

1992-2002: Legal battles ensued over the ownership of the site

2002: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted an excavation at the site

2010: The Allahabad High Court delivered a verdict, dividing the disputed land into three parts among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the party representing Lord Rama’s birthplace

2011-2019: Various appeals were filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s verdict

November, 2019: The Supreme Court of India delivered a unanimous judgment, granting the entire disputed land to the Hindu parties and ordering the allocation of an alternative piece of land to the Muslim parties for the construction of a mosque

August 2020: The foundation stone for the Ram Temple was laid in a grand ceremony in Ayodhya

2021-2023: Construction of the Ram Temple commenced, and efforts were made to advance the project

January 22, 2024: Consecration of the Ram Temple

Images courtesy of Times Now, ToI and Jaipur Royal Family

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