India, (bbabo.net). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led the consecration of the majestic temple of the Hindu god Ram in the city of Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh). India Today reports this.
Modi led the 'Pran Pratishtha' ritual in Ayodhya when the temple was inaugurated. Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over India arrived in the city to take part in the celebrations.
According to the BBC, the Indian Prime Minister said the opening of the temple marked a “new era” for India and the day would “go down in history.” “I want to congratulate every citizen of the country on this historical event,” he added. Top film stars were among the guests at the Ayodhya event.
The temple was built at a cost of $217 million from private donations. Today, only its first floor was opened; the remaining floors are planned to be completed by the end of 2024. The construction work is part of the reconstruction of the city of Ayodhya, which is estimated to cost more than $3 billion.
Earlier, the authorities of nine Indian states declared a holiday on January 22, when the opening of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple complex was planned. As the Times of India newspaper reported, the authorities ordered government agencies, banks, major industrial enterprises and educational institutions across India to switch to reduced operating hours. Such steps were taken to allow people to participate in the grand celebrations associated with the temple consecration ceremony. According to Reuters, airports in Ayodhya and nearby cities were preparing to receive more than 100 private planes carrying high-ranking guests. Carriers have planned additional charter bus flights to the celebration site.
The temple in Ayodhya was built on the site of the Babri Masjid mosque, which stood where, according to myths, Rama, the earthly incarnation of the god Vishnu, was born. The mosque was demolished in 1992. In 2019, the Supreme Court of India approved the construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple complex.