New Delhi, 18th January 2024: In anticipation of the highly awaited Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha program scheduled for January 22, the Central Government has announced a half-day holiday in all its government offices including banks, insurance and other financial institutions. Union Minister Jitendra Singh emphasized that this decision aims to accommodate the enthusiasm of the people.
In an official communication, the government issued a letter declaring that all central government offices, institutions, and industrial establishments throughout the country will remain closed until 2:30 pm on January 22. This move is designed to allow citizens to witness the live telecast of the Ram Lala Pran Pratishtha program.
Several states had previously declared a holiday on January 22, aligning with the central government’s decision. The states include Uttar Pradesh, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has extended the holiday to educational institutions, and liquor shops will remain closed across the state on that day.
Haryana, too, has decided to keep schools closed for the safety of the public, accompanied by a designated dry day. In Madhya Pradesh, both cannabis and liquor shops will observe closures on January 22, with announced school holidays. Chhattisgarh has joined the list, declaring closures for all schools and colleges on the day of the Pran Pratistha ceremony.
In Goa, the state government has declared a holiday for government employees and schools on January 22, aligning with the national observance.
The consecration ceremony of the Ram temple is set to take place on January 22, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the rituals for the consecration of Ram Lalla. The rituals, spanning seven days, have already commenced, marking the third day today.