As the highly anticipated inauguration of Ayodhya's Ram Mandir approaches on January 22, 2024, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Keshtra has released captivating images offering an inside view of the magnificent temple. Awaiting the culmination of a 500-year battle, the Ram Mandir stands tall on the sacred land of Lord Ram's birth, and these exclusive glimpses into its interior reveal the grandeur that awaits devotees and visitors.
Golden Door of the Sanctum Sanctorum
The focal point of the temple, the golden door of the sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha), is ready to welcome the idol of Ram Lalla. This sacred space will witness the consecration ceremony on the historic day of January 22.
The idol of Lord Ram will be placed in the sanctum sanctorum.
Carvings and Stones
Carvings from inside the temple, sourced from Rajasthan's Bharatpur district, showcase intricate details reflecting the rich architectural heritage. The stones from this region contribute to the aesthetic beauty of the Ram Mandir in Uttar Pradesh.
Breathtaking nighttime visuals reveal exquisitely carved figures of deities, gods, and goddesses adorning pillars and walls. The radiant illumination during the night enhances the temple's beauty, providing a magical atmosphere.
Preparations for Historic Inauguration
The historic moment of the temple's final inauguration is set to witness over 7000 individuals, including 4000 saints and 2200 esteemed guests. Invitations have been extended to business magnates like Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, and Gautam Adani, along with sports legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, and Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and more. Arun Govil and Dipika Chikhlia, the lead actors of the iconic 'Ramayana' television show, will also grace the occasion.
The Ram Mandir Trust has extended invitations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, yoga guru Ramdev, and 4000 seers, ensuring a diverse and distinguished gathering. Representatives from 50 foreign countries, spanning various domains, add an international touch to the celebration.
Chandrakant Bhai Sompura, the chief architect following Vastu Shastra principles, has designed the temple with an east entrance in the Gopuram tradition. The walls will feature artworks depicting the life of Lord Ram, emphasizing the architectural marvel.
The estimated cost of construction ranges from Rs 1,400 crore to Rs 1,800 crore, reflecting the generous donations received by the temple trust. Chief architect Chandrakant Bhai Sompura ensures a blend of traditional principles and modern elements.
Ram Lalla Idol
The temple will house two idols of Lord Ram – the original idol found in 1949 and a towering 51-inch statue made of dark granite, visible from a considerable distance, symbolizing the culmination of battles and the rightful place of the temple.
The distinguished sculptor Arun Yogiraj, hailing from Mysuru, has crafted a mesmerizing Ram Lalla idol in the sublime Shyam Rang, or dark hue, sculpted from the sacred 'Krishna Shila' or black stone. This exquisite creation has earned the honor of being chosen for installation within the sanctum sanctorum of the upcoming Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The selection of Yogiraj's artistry adds a touch of divine craftsmanship to the sacred space, as the nation eagerly anticipates the moment when this unique idol will find its revered place in the garbha griha of the magnificent temple.
Champat Rai, Secretary of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, said at a press conference, "Arun Yogiraj, a resident of Mysuru, hails from generations of sculptors… You cannot imagine the kind of life he has lived to sculpt the idol… He has not kept his phone with himself for 15 days and did not speak to his children for 15-20 days at a stretch. He was so engrossed in his work. His idol has been selected and everyone appreciated it."
As the nation eagerly awaits the momentous occasion, these glimpses into the interior of Ayodhya's Ram Mandir heighten the anticipation for the historic inauguration on January 22, 2024.