With the triumphs in the assembly polls of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, the centre ruling Modi regime is gearing up to launch one of its staunch Hindutva campaigns - the opening of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The loyalists of the party and political observers say that the construction of Ram Temple on once a disputed land would be used by the BJP as one of its hardcore religious propaganda for the upcoming general elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and chief of BJP's parent body RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, had laid the foundation stone for the temple in August 2020 with a mission that the temple should be inaugurated before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The superfast construction drive has achieved that mission as the temple is all set to become one of the strong political pitches of the BJP.
The temple will be inaugurated on January 22, 2024, about three months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, and Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is preparing to unfold a grandeur ceremony. The stage is being set for over 7000 dignitaries for the inauguration and the guests include business tycoons, celebrities, saints, and priests. From Indian billionaries Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, and Ratan Tata, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar to iconic cricketers Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, a sea of known faces is on the guest list.
The consecretion of the idol of Lord Ram in child form in the Ayodhya temple will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. It has been reported that 150 vedic priests would be conducting the rituals of the ceremony and the team of priests has been chosen under the guidance of Shankaracharya Vijendra Saraswati of Kashi.
Renowned singer Asha Bhosle, actor Kangana Ranaut, and the journalists who supported the construction of Ram temple will also be attending the consecretation. Also in the guest list are the families of over 50 Hindutva karsewaks who sacrificed their lives during the temple movement. According to temple trust general secretary Champat Rai, efforts are on to invite at least one representative from 50 countries each.
The invites have also been sent out to various religious leaders, former civil servants, former Army officers, and to the recipients of the nation's highest honours including Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. Of the 7,000 people invited, nearly 4,000 are religious leaders and the consecretion ceremony would commence from January 15 and the temple will be inaugurated on January 22.