The doors of the Ram temple in Ayodhya opened to the general public on Tuesday, a day after the consecration of the new Ram Lalla idol. Devotees, both locals and visitors from other states, gathered outside the main gates for hours, carrying flags bearing visages of Lord Ram and chanting "Jai Shri Ram." The devotees waited in the biting cold before the doors of the grand temple opened, expressing their joy and fulfillment.
On Monday, an idol of the new Ram Lalla was consecrated at the Ayodhya temple in a landmark event led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ceremony marked a significant moment in the construction of the Ram temple, and the prime minister called for building the foundation of a "strong, capable, and divine" India for the next 1,000 years.
As the doors opened to the general public on Tuesday morning, devotees flocked to the temple, with many having camped in Ayodhya since before the consecration ceremony. The historic event drew people from various parts of the country, and long queues formed outside the temple as individuals waited for their turn to have a darshan of Ram Lalla.
The consecration ceremony, held on January 22, 2024, was attended by a select list of 506 A-listers, including prominent politicians, industrialists, film stars, sportspersons, diplomats, judges, and high priests. The prime minister, along with other dignitaries, performed rituals in the sanctum sanctorum during the ceremony. The grand temple complex is built in the traditional Nagara style and is adorned with decorations, flowers, and lights, creating a festive atmosphere.
(With Agency Inputs)