The buzz around the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya has extended to the Swiss ski resort town hosting the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Devotees are making plans to hold Ram Bhajans and light diyas on the consecration day, set to take place this coming Monday.
In addition to the spiritual significance, the development in Ayodhya has become a topic of interest for global business leaders attending the event. The Indian delegation, comprising representatives from the government and private sector, has been approached by many inquiring about the business and infrastructure opportunities arising from the development of Ayodhya as a major religious and tourism center.
Union Minister Smriti Irani, leading the Indian delegation at the WEF, shared that she met a group of devotees who expressed a desire to celebrate the Ram Temple consecration ceremony on January 24. "Some Ram Bhakts here asked me to record a message imploring the community here to do Ram Bhajan and to light diyas here on January 22. They came to the lounge and saw me here, walked up, and made that request," said Irani.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several leaders are expected to attend the ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22, which may draw over 8,000 people. The prime minister has also urged people across the country to celebrate the day like Diwali at their respective places.
Apart from the temple, Ayodhya has witnessed the establishment of an international airport, and numerous infrastructure projects are underway to transform the city into a significant religious tourism center.
Irani highlighted the patience shown by the community in waiting for a judicial pronouncement regarding their beliefs and rights, emphasizing the strength of Indian democracy. She expressed gratitude for the celebration and joy surrounding the occasion and looked forward to celebrating with the people of Amethi on January 22.
Uttar Pradesh, among other states, has set up a pavilion at the WEF Annual Meeting, where visitors, including businessmen from around the world, have shown interest in the Ayodhya projects. Global leaders are keen to learn about these initiatives and explore various business opportunities in India.
(With Agency Inputs)