As the Pran Pratishtha ceremony is going to be held within hours, a group of women conducted ‘Ram Bhajan’ in front of Bhagyalaxmi Mandir Charminar here on January 22 morning. Some of the women are seen holding saffron flags with Bhagwan Ram’s picture on it. They waved them while chanting the bhajans.
Bhagyalakshmi Mandir, which is dedicated to the Mata Lakshmi, is located adjacent to the historic monument Charminar. While Charminar is preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Mandir is managed by a trust.
#WATCH | Devotees sing Ram Bhajan at Shri Bhagya Laxmi Mandir, Charminar in Hyderabad, Telangana.
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Meanwhile, actor Chiranjeevi left Hyderabad this morning for Ayodhya to participate in the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony.
At the Hyderabad airport, while speaking to the media, He said: “That is great. Overwhelming. We feel it’s a rare opportunity. I feel Bhagwan Hanuman who is my deity, has personally invited me…We are so fortunate to witness this Pran Pratishtha”.
The Pran Pratishtha ceremony will be held on January 22 in Ayodhya amid tight security. The historic ritual of ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Ram Lalla will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, pandits, and a host of distinguished guests.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust announced on January 21 that the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony will be marked by a dazzling musical event titled ‘Mangal Dhwani’.
The soiree, featuring some of the biggest names in the world of music, will be staged at 10 am. The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Sri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya Mandir will be held at 12:30 pm.
Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh has been decked up with posters and flags of Bhagwan Ram, while cities across the country have been decorated with lights, huge cutouts of Bhagwan Ram and posters bearing religious slogans related to Bhagwan Ram.
The Union Government announced on January 18 that all its offices would be closed for half a day on January 22. Many States have announced a holiday for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are among them. In Delhi, LG VK Saxena on January 20 approved the closure of Government offices and educational institutions for half a day till 2:30 PM on January 22.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has tightened security in the city by setting up a dial 112 monitoring centre at Lata Mangeshkar Chowk. Uttar Pradesh Police Department authorities said on January 21 that over 13 thousand security personnel have been deployed in and around Ayodhya to ensure the safe and smooth conduct of the mega Mandir event.
Speaking to the media, Special DG Prashant Kumar said, “This is a significant undertaking for the UP Police. It poses both a challenge and an opportunity. Extensive security arrangements have been put in place, including traffic diversions from surrounding districts. Only authorised vehicles are permitted to enter Ayodhya starting tomorrow.”
Besides, elaborate seating arrangements have been made for invitees. There will be a sector-wise deployment of officials and personnel overseeing the security and arrangements. The entire district is equipped with around 10,000 CCTV cameras, and coordination with central and State agencies has been established, the special DG said.
According to officials, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has set up a camp near the shrine in Ayodhya to respond to contingencies, if any.
Anti-bomb squad and dog squad teams were also deployed at Ayodhya’s Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, as devotees and dignitaries started pouring into the Mandir town.
(with inputs from ANI)