New York, 9th January 2024:
In an unprecedented event, the much-anticipated consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, slated for January 22, will be telecasted live at the iconic Times Square in New York City. This momentous occasion will also be streamed live at various Indian embassies, consulates, and temples across India, attracting global attention to the grand celebration.
This isn’t the first time the divine saga of Lord Rama has graced the vibrant screens of Times Square. Back in August 2020, during the auspicious ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ ceremony of the Ram Mandir, a digital billboard illuminated Times Square, marking the initiation of the temple’s construction in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the groundbreaking ceremony, magnifying the significance of the occasion.
Meanwhile, preparations for the monumental event in Delhi are in full swing, with the Delhi BJP’s temple cell chairman, Karnail Singh, announcing live broadcasts of the consecration ceremony at approximately 14,000 temples across the national capital. Each temple is expected to host around 200 attendees, projecting a collective turnout of nearly 30 lakh individuals across the city.
Singh also revealed additional celebratory plans, including the lighting of 1.08 lakh diyas at the Khatu Shyam temple on the Delhi-Karnal road on January 20, alongside a grand bike rally led by temple priests on January 17. Over 14,000 temple priests are personally visiting households in Delhi, distributing ‘akshata’ (uncooked rice grains) and extending invitations for the live screening of the consecration ceremony at nearby temples on January 22. Moreover, to raise awareness about the “praan pratishtha” ceremony, approximately 1,000 unipole hoardings have been secured across the city.
The pivotal rituals of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla will be conducted by the esteemed priest from Varanasi, Lakshmi Kant Dixit, on January 22. The city of Ayodhya will embrace the ‘Amrit Mahautsav’ from January 14 to January 22, marked by a grand 1008 ‘Hundi Mahayagya,’ where thousands of devotees will be partaking in sacred offerings. In anticipation of the influx of devotees, multiple tent cities are being erected in Ayodhya to accommodate the massive gathering converging upon the spiritual heartland of Uttar Pradesh for this auspicious occasion.