Before Consecration, the Idol of Ram Lalla Set to Arrive at Ayodhya Temple Today

On Wednesday, during the second day of the week-long Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the magnificent Ayodhya temple, the idol of Lord Ram Lalla will be ceremoniously brought inside the Ram Temple for the very first time. The procession, carrying the idol of Ram Lalla—crafted in black stone by Mysuru sculptor Arun Yogiraj—will make its way to the temple today, marking the “parisar pravesh” or “entry.” Devotees, bearing pots or “kalash” filled with water from the sacred Saryu river, will accompany the procession.

Preparations for transporting the idol to the new Ram temple complex commenced last night. The idol, weighing approximately “somewhere between 150-200 kgs,” was delicately placed on a flower-adorned truck late at night, utilizing a crane for the procession.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has outlined a series of rituals scheduled for around 1:20 pm before the idol’s entrance into the Temple premises. Jal Yatra, Teerth Pujan, Brahmin-Batuk-Kumari-Suvasini Pujan, Vardhini Pujan, and Kalashyatra will precede the idol of Ram Lalla’s placement in the Prasad complex.

On January 17, after 1:20 pm, the procession will include Jalayatra, Teertha Puja, Brahmin-Batuk-Kumari-Suvasini Puja, Vardhini Puja, Kalshayatra, and a circumambulation of the idol of Lord Shri Ram Lalla in the Prasad premises, as mentioned by Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra in a statement attributed to the temple’s chief priest Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid.

Following the perambulation of the temple with the idol, it will be formally placed inside, and the official installation in the sanctum sanctorum is scheduled for the next day. The six-day-long rituals will culminate in the grand consecration or Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22, graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries.

In a recent statement, Champat Rai, the General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, announced that the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple will be open for ‘darshan’ for the general public starting January 23. The preparations for this event are currently underway with full vigor.