AYODHYA, INDIA — On January 22, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the consecration ceremony of the new Ram Mandir temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. In an emotional speech, PM Modi said the long wait was finally over and Lord Ram had arrived home. The intricately carved three-storey temple has been constructed using traditional Hindu architecture with no iron materials. PM Modi noted festive celebrations across India and called on youth to draw inspiration from the Ramayana epic to build a prosperous nation. The extravagant foundation ritual was attended by prominent religious leaders and marks the end of a prolonged legal dispute over the temple site.
, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the consecration ceremony marking the installation of the idol of Lord Ram in the newly constructed Ram Mandir temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister expressed that centuries of waiting were finally over and Lord Ram had come home to his rightful place. He thanked the Indian judiciary for enabling the harmonious construction of the temple through a fair verdict.
Intricately Carved Sandstone Temple
The mammoth three-storey Ram Mandir showcases intricate carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses on sandstone pillars and walls. No iron has been used. Lord Ram’s idol has been placed in the main sanctum on the ground floor.
The temple has been built using traditional Hindu architectural techniques by Indian craftsmen and engineers. It features 5 halls, Ram’s historic well, and a restored Shiv temple complex.
Nation Immersed in Celebration
As PM Modi noted, the consecration ceremony sparked a festive, Diwali-like mood across India. People celebrated by holding religious chants, making rangoli artworks dedicated to Lord Ram, organizing temple cleanliness drives, and lighting diyas.
Time to Strengthen Our Nation: PM
In his speech, PM Modi called upon the youth of India to expand their mindset from just personal devotion towards Lord Ram to dedicating themselves to building a strong, prosperous nation.
He asked young people to draw inspiration from Ramayana characters like Hanuman, Jatayu, Sabri and the diligent squirrel who helped Lord Ram. Their qualities can make India mighty.
New Era for India
PM Modi emphasized that the Ram Mandir will herald India’s cultural roots while also marking its emergence as a leading world power. The temple is set to stand tall for generations, signaling the rise of a capable and self-reliant India.
The extravagant foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, spiritual leaders and the head priest of the Ram Mandir trust.
This consecration event marks the conclusion of a prolonged historical and legal tussle between Hindu and Muslim groups regarding ownership of the religious site in Ayodhya believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2019 that a temple could be constructed on the site.