“National Holiday Declared for Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir ‘Pran Pratistha’ Ceremony on January 22: States Join Celebration with Public Holidays”

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As the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony approaches at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22, the Central government has declared a nationwide half-day holiday for its offices and institutions. This decision, outlined in a memorandum from the Department of Personnel and Training, aims to encourage active participation in the celebration. Additionally, several states have announced public holidays to mark this significant occasion.

Public Holiday Announced in Several States: Following suit, several states have declared public holidays on January 22 to ensure widespread participation in the inauguration of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Public sector banks will also observe a half-day closure on this date to commemorate the consecration of Ram Mandir.

Madhya Pradesh: The Madhya Pradesh government has officially announced a half-day holiday in all government offices until 2:30 pm on January 22, aligning with the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Goa, Haryana, and Odisha: Joining the nationwide celebration, the states of Goa, Haryana, and Odisha have declared public holidays on January 22. Government buildings, schools, and various offices will be closed in light of the Ram Lalla Pran Pratistha festivities.

Tripura, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh: These states have decided to keep government offices and educational institutions closed until 2:30 pm on January 22, allowing citizens to witness and actively participate in the grand ceremony.

Countdown to Pran Pratishtha: Rituals in Ayodhya: As Ayodhya prepares for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony on January 22, sacred rituals have entered their fourth day. The day’s ceremonies include the lighting of the ‘holy fire,’ the establishment of ‘Navagraha,’ and a ‘Havan.’ The idol of Shri Ram Lalla undergoes various rituals, culminating in the closing of temple doors until the grand ceremony.

Tightened Security in Ayodhya: Security in Ayodhya’s Karsevakpuram, where Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai resides, has been intensified as ‘Pran Pratishtha’ Day approaches. The city witnesses the installation of Ram Lalla posters, and selfie points emerge near key intersections.

‘Amrit Mahotsava’ Celebration in Ayodhya: Ayodhya is immersed in the festivities of ‘Amrit Mahotsava’ ahead of the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad contributes by setting up tea stalls to provide free tea and biscuits to visitors. Worship ceremonies led by Vedic Brahmins and revered Acharyas add to the sacred ambiance at the Sri Ram Temple.

Grand Ceremony on January 22: PM Modi to Lead Rituals: The ‘Pran Pratishta’ ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22 will witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the rituals, symbolizing a momentous occasion. Noteworthy personalities have been invited, and the nation eagerly anticipates this historic event, reinforcing the cultural and spiritual fabric of India.

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