Ram Mandir’s foundation will be built in December, with the dedication taking place in January: Chief of the Construction Committee Nripendra Mishra

Nripendra Mishra, the chairman of the temple building committee, predicted that the Ram Mandir’s bottom floor would be finished by December 31 and that the temple would be inaugurated in January.

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, a trust established to build and later operate the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, is building the Ram Mandir in response to the Supreme Court decision in 2019 that resolved the legal issues that had been raging for more than a century.

In August 2020, Modi presided over the Ram Mandir’s groundbreaking. He is anticipated to dedicate the temple and participate in the ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration) ceremony in January 2024.

One of the founding principles of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been the building of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya at the location that Hindus believe to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. The Ram Mandir Movement in the 1980s and 1990s was crucial to the BJP’s rise as a significant political force in the nation, along with groups like the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).

By December 31, 2023, the Ram Mandir’s ground floor will unquestionably be finished. This is in accordance with our obligations and the building plans we created. By then, the Ram Lalla idol, whose ‘pran pratishtha’ will occur, would also be finished, Mishra said in a Hindi interview with PTI.

Modi might attend the pran pratishtha ceremony on any day between January 20 and 24, according to Mishra. He encouraged the followers not to hurry to Ayodhya on that day and said that the ritual will be telecast live.

According to Mishra, the ultimate date of the pran pratishtha—the day Lord Ram would occupy the temple—would be selected in such a way that the sacred ritual would also be finished and Prime Minister Ji would participate in its completion. Since the Prime Minister would be involved in Republic Day events that would go until the 28th and 29th, the date would fall between January 20 and 24. Consequently, the event would occur within these four days.

After the Ram Temple’s opening, Mishra said that 1.25–1.5 lakh people per day are anticipated, and that each visitor would initially get 15–20 seconds of proximity to the god.

Although the Ram Mandir movement acquired political steam in the 1980s, the case’s legal history really began in 1858 with the filing of the first lawsuit pertaining to the location of Lord Ram’s birthplace. According to historian Meenakshi Jain in her book Rama and Ayodhya, Sheetal Dubey, the thanedar of Oudh, mentioned in a report from 1858 that a Nihang Sikh Farkor Khalsa of Punjab performed worship in the middle of Masjid Janam Asthan by organizing a havan and puja of Guru Govind Singh and erecting a Shri Bhagwan symbol within the Masjid’s grounds.

At the location of Lord Rama’s birthplace, a temple is said to have been destroyed by the Mughal Emperor Babar. Babri Masjid, a mosque, was built in its stead. Thousands of people assembled in Ayodhya in 1992 later destroyed that mosque. Several prominent BJP officials were charged in a separate case involving destruction, although they were ultimately found not guilty in 2020.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ram Lalla in 2019 in the issue involving the ownership of the property where the Babri Masjid formerly stood, on top of the destroyed shrine. After the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 decision in the case was contested in the Supreme Court, the case was brought there.