Ayodhya: Renowned spiritual leader and Ramcharitmanas exponent Morari Bapu, was in attendance at the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Monday, joining leading saints and seers from across the country on the auspicious occasion.
The historic ceremony marked a significant milestone in India’s cultural and religious heritage, as the sacred city of Ayodhya witnessed the realisation of a long-cherished dream.
The Pran Pratishtha ceremony today involved invoking a deity as an idol and imbuing it with sacred essence. Before the event, the Ram Lalla idol had undergone a sanctification process including the ceremonial bath in milk.
The event started on January 16 and culminated with the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony between 12.15 pm and 12.45 pm today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook the ceremony, with seers, politicians, film personalities, industrialists and other dignitaries in attendance. After the ceremony, the idol was placed in the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum). A mirror was then positioned in front of the idol, and kajal (kohl) was applied to its eyes.
Morari Bapu, who has devoted 64 years of his life to spreading the teachings of Lord Ram and the Ramayana and has conducted 930 Ramkathas all over the world, brought a message of unity, peace, and devotion to the heart of the momentous auspicious ceremony.
Morari Bapu expressed his deep sense of joy and honour in being a part of the sacred occasion and emphasised the universal values of love, compassion, and righteousness that Lord Ram symbolised.
Morari Bapu had said earlier that he would participate in the grand inauguration of the Ram temple as a representative of Shri Chitrakutdham Talgajarda and Ram Katha listeners worldwide.
Speaking to the media earlier, Morari Bapu had said that today’s event was an auspicious start and that he envisions a bright future for India, foreseeing it as a guiding light for the world. He described the consecration as a harbinger of ‘Treta Yuga’ for the entire world.
Morari Bapu reached Ayodhya on Sunday afternoon after the completion of the Ramkatha at Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh. He will also speak on “Manas Ram Mandir” in his upcoming Ramkatha in Ayodhya from February 24 to March 3 on the invitation of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, the organisation that spearheaded the Ram temple movement.