On January 22, central government offices are given a half-day off in honor of the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Ram Temple Inauguration

Union minister Jitendra Singh announced on Thursday that all central government offices would be closed for a half-day on January 22 in honor of the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, according to news agency PTI. The minister informed the news agency that the decision to close the office for half a day was made in light of the strong feelings expressed.

Prior to the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony on Wednesday night, the idol of Ram Lalla was taken into the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple and lifted there using a crane.

The idol of Ram Lalla, weighing between 150 and 200 kilograms, was transported to the temple in the evening as part of a parade. The sculptor Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru created the idols. The ceremony took place on the second day of the seven-day preparations leading up to the consecration ceremony on January 22.

India will celebrate the Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. It has been decided that all central government offices, central institutions, and central industrial establishments throughout India will be closed for a half day until 1430 hours on January 22, 2024, so that employees can take part in the celebrations,” the order sent to all central government ministries and departments stated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a number of other luminaries from various fields will be present at the pran-pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple on January 22 at 12.30 p.m. On January 16, seven days prior to the D-day, the rites had already started at the Ayodhya temple complex. Every day, in advance of the pran-pratishtha, several rites are carried out.

The Indian Bar Council wrote Chief Justice DY Chandrachud a letter on Wednesday requesting that he take the 22nd of January off from work. “January 22, 2024, is the day that the Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is supposed to open, as you are aware. As the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream and the conclusion of legal proceedings that have been crucial in defining the country’s structure, this event holds immense religious, historical, and cultural significance for millions of people throughout the nation,” Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman of the Bar Council of India, wrote in his letter.

Where will the consecration ceremony be broadcast?

The consecration event will be screened live at Ram Temple on January 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be televised on the channels of Doordarshan DD News and DD National. Additionally, a YouTube link will be shared with other news agencies for their own broadcasts on their channels.

As per a Times of India story, Doordarshan has set up 40 cameras throughout the premises of the shrine. In addition to the temple, DD has cameras put in the surrounding places, such as the Jatayu statue at Kuber Tila and Ram ki Paidi near Saryu ghat.