Before the special ceremony at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Monday, the Indian community in New York lit up Times Square with a picture of Lord Ram. They wore traditional Indian clothes, held saffron flags with Shree Ram portraits, and sang bhajans to showcase their cultural heritage.
The Indian embassy in the UK shared the celebration on social media, mentioning the vibrant display of India’s culture and unity. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, Joe Petty, extended warm greetings to the Hindu community over the ceremony and proclaimed recognition for India’s 75th Republic Day.
In Ayodhya, the Pran Pratishtha ceremony, set to include a musical event titled ‘Mangal Dhwani,’ will take place amid tight security. The event will feature Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saints, and other distinguished guests.
The town of Ayodhya is adorned with lights, posters, and flags of Lord Ram, creating a festive atmosphere. Security measures are in place with over 13 thousand personnel to ensure a safe event. The Central Government has also declared half-day closures for its offices on January 22.
Earlier, on January 18, the idol of Shri Ram Lalla, crafted by sculptor Arun Yogiraj, was placed inside the temple. Vedic rituals for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony began on January 16, a week before the main event. Special guests from various fields have been invited to the ceremony, making it a significant and celebratory occasion.