Ram temple invitation cards to be hand-delivered to all guests

Ranbir Kapoor and his wife Alia Bhatt received an invitation to attend the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony from Sunil Ambedkar and Ajay Mudpe of RSS. Photo: Taran Adarsh/X

Ayodhya: Invitation cards for the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will be "hand-delivered to all the guests" through representatives of the temple trust and a large number of volunteers, said official sources to PTI.

Besides, various representatives of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and their allies are also aiding in hand-delivering the invitations.

Some of the guests have already received the invitation card. Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and his wife Alia Bhatt on Sunday received the invitation, confirmed film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh on X. According to Taran, Ranbir and Alia accepted the invite from Sunil Ambedkar and Ajay Mudpe of RSS.

What is special about the invitation cards?

  • The card has an imposing image of the temple and also Lord Ram 
  • It is printed in both Hindi and English
  • Cards are large and aesthetically designed 
  • The invitation also includes a booklet carrying brief profiles of some of the key people who were involved in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement

Over 7,000 people are on the invitee list of the temple trust and they include cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and billionaire industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani.

"We have invited people from different walks of life, from space exploration to arts and some forgotten tribals to architects. Besides, some of the prominent names being among the invitees, several others have made a mark in their lives. They have been invited too," a senior member of the temple trust told PTI.

Invitations have been sent out to different sects and communities for the grand 'pran pratishtha' of the Ram temple on January 22, the sources said. Ayodhya is being decked up for the event and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the ceremony.

"We have a huge network of people and volunteers. And, each guest will receive the invitation card by hand and not through postal or courier delivery service," said a temple trust member.

Invitations were recently also sent to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. The Congress party sources said the invitation cards were hand-delivered to both of them by a senior representative of the temple trust.

The trust has also invited 4,000 seers from across the country and 50 guests from foreign countries. The invitees from abroad will also receive invitation cards by hand, a top source in the trust said. "Similar to our network of people in India, we have volunteers in foreign countries too. We will send the cards to them from India and representatives will then travel to hand-deliver it to the guests," the source added to PTI.

Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, on January 5, also received his invitation to the consecration ceremony. A representative of the trust hand-delivered it to him at his house in Kotia Panjitola near the Ram Path in Ayodhya. Ansari, who is in his late 50s, on December 31 told PTI in an interview that the Muslim community respected the 2019 Supreme Court verdict on the Ram temple issue.

Actors Arun Govil and Dipika Chikhlia, who played the roles of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita in the famous TV serial "Ramayan", have also been invited to the ceremony. General secretary of the trust Champat Rai had earlier said family members of 50 karsevaks who lost their lives during the Ram temple movement have also been invited. Invitations have also been sent to judges, scientists, writers and poets.

The apex court in a historic verdict settled the fractious issue that goes back more than a century and backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque. The temple complex, built in the traditional Nagara style, will be 380 feet in length (east-west direction), 250 feet in width and 161 feet in height. Each floor of the temple will be 20 feet high and have 392 pillars and 44 gates.  
(With PTI inputs)

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