Sri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham participated in 'Yagashala pujas' at Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya on Sunday (21 January).
Speaking on the occasion, Kanchi Shankaracharya said, "Tomorrow pran pratishtha of Bal Ram Vigraha (idol) will take place. Knowers of all four vedas will conduct all rituals. A beautiful programme is planned."
"With the anushthan (consecration) of yagasgala, all bhakts (devotees) will get Lord Ram's grace and blessings. I will pray for security and knowledge in the country. Siyavar Ramchandra ki jai," he added.
This comes amid reservations expressed by Joshimath’s Jyotirpeeth Shankaracharya Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati and Shankaracharya of Puri Nischalananda Saraswati about the pran pratishtha ceremony.
However, the Shankaracharyas of Kanchi and Sringeri affirmed their complete support for the event scheduled on 22 January in the holy city.
Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham Mahasamsthanam Dakshinamnaya said that the ceremony aligns with Hindu rituals and said that Modi, as a representative of the people of the country, had every right to perform the rituals as guided by priests.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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