The construction of Ram Mandir's sanctum sanctorum in Ayodhya is now complete, a top official from the temple trust said on Sunday (20 August).
The consecration of Ram Lalla is scheduled to take place between 16 and 24 January, following Makar Sankranti, the official added.
Champat Rai, the general secretary of the Ram Mandir Teerth Kshetra Trust, has announced that the consecration of Ram Lalla will occur after the completion of the first floor of the temple, PTI reported.
Rai recently met with saints and seers in Ayodhya to provide them with an update on the progress of the temple's construction.
He also extended an invitation to them to participate in the 10-day Pran Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya.
Rai expressed his belief that the dreams of millions of Ram devotees will soon come true and after years of controversy, Ram Lalla will finally be enshrined in his grand temple in Ayodhya.
"The consecration of the idol of Ram Lalla in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple will take place on any date between January 16 and 24, 2024, after Makar Sankranti," Rai was quoted as saying by PTI.
Rai also provided an update on the progress of the temple's construction, stating that 80 percent of the work on the roof of the first floor of the two-story temple is completed.
The temple's consecration will take place once the first-floor construction is finished.
Rai assured that construction activities will continue without hindering devotees' darshan at the temple.
At present, formal invitations to saints and seers are being issued verbally, with official invitations scheduled to be sent out in November.
Seers from all traditions across the country will be invited for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony, according to Mahant Ravindra Puri, President of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad.
Puri also urged all saints, seers, and Lord Ram's devotees to attend the consecration ceremony.
Puri also expressed his hope for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's victory in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, allowing him to continue as the PM to lead India's development journey.
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