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Ayodhya Has Drones, Snipers, And Bomb Squads Before The Ram Temple Event

Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part in the consecration ceremony at the recently built Ram Mandir on Monday, marking the beginning of the town’s preparations to welcome Lord Ram.

People from all walks of life, including members of the nation’s main spiritual and religious groups, representatives of numerous tribal groupings, and well-known individuals, will be present at the idol of Ram Lalla, the infant form of Lord Ram.

The temple’s trust states that the ritual is scheduled to start at 12:20 pm and conclude by 1 pm. The prime minister will then address the assembly.

A representative of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which is in charge of building and overseeing the Ram temple, said that “the prime minister will also interact with’shramjeevis’ associated with the construction of the temple.”

Additionally, Kuber Tila, where a historic Shiv temple has been rebuilt, will be visited by Prime Minister Modi. There, he will conduct a “pooja,” the member said.

The majestic Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir, often known as the Ram temple, was built in the customary Nagara architectural style. It is 380 feet long (east to west), 250 feet wide, and 161 feet tall. It has 44 entrances and 392 pillars supporting it overall.

The temple’s walls and pillars are adorned with finely carved representations of Hindu gods and goddesses. The idol of Ram Lalla is located in the main sanctum sanctorum on the ground level of the temple.

According to the trust, the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ consecration ceremonies began on January 16 near the Saryu River and would be finished on Monday afternoon in the ‘abhijeet muhurta’.

Thousands of people are anticipated to watch the ceremony live on television and internet since several states, including the federal government, have decided to observe January 22 as a half-day off.

Temples all throughout the nation have declared special celebrations in honor of the event.

Events have also been organized throughout the globe by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) or Hindu diaspora organizations, from Sydney to Washington, DC.

The ‘yajmaans’ (hosts) for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of the new 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla would be fourteen couples from different regions of India. Arun Yogiraj, a sculptor from Mysuru, created the statue, which was last Thursday put in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.

The whole city is enveloped in religious fervor, and the Ram temple has been adorned with “rich stocks” of flowers and unique lighting.

The traditional “Ramanandi tilak” is the motif of decorative lampposts, and artwork featuring Lord Ram and cutouts of a bow and arrow has been used to embellish streetlights on flyovers.

For the consecration event at Ayodhya, a multi-layered security cover is in place. 10,000 CCTV cameras and artificial intelligence-equipped drones are monitoring people’s movements, while police officers in plain clothing are stationed at the location.

Every major intersection in Temple City has movable barriers with barbed wires connected. These are used by the police to control traffic, particularly when VIPs are visiting the area.

Several NDRF teams have been dispatched, each with training to handle chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, drowning accidents, and natural catastrophes like earthquakes.

Additionally,snipers are stationed at strategic points and on roofs. In addition, RAW and the Intelligence Bureau are monitoring the operations.

Although the list of invitees for the event is over 7,000 strong, 506 A-level celebrities are on the select list. Prominent guests invited to the event include Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, business moguls Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, and sports legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Those associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement are also present at the “Pran Prathishtha”. Nearly every opposition politician who was invited to the ceremony has opted not to attend; the Congress has referred to it as a “BJP-RSS event”.

Consecration of the temple follows the first stage of its construction, enabled by a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2019 on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title challenge. The Hindu plaintiffs contended that a temple commemorating Lord Ram’s birthplace was the location of the Babri Mosque.

The 16th-century mosque was destroyed by “kar sevaks” in 1992.

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