Ram temple consecration: Road in Ayodhya to be adorned with sun-themed pillars

Sun-themed columns 'Surya Stambh' being installed along the 'Dharma Path' ahead of the consecration of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple, near the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023. Photo: PTI

Ayodhya: The consecration ceremony aka 'pran pratishtha' of the Ram Lalla idol at the Ram Temple here will be held on January 22. As the temple town gears up for it, a set of imposing sun-themed pillars - 'Surya Stambhs' - are to be installed along its prominent roads. Each of the 30-foot-high pillars will have an ornamental orb which when lit at night resembles the Sun. 

According to a senior official at the Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department's Ayodhya Division, 40 such pillars will be installed on the road - Dharam Path - that connects the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk near Naya Ghat with the Ayodhya Bypass. "Work is underway to install these 'Surya Stambhs' ahead of the consecration of Lord Ram's idol in the newly built Ram temple. Twenty of these will be located near the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk with 10 pillars on each side of the road," PWD Assistant Engineer A P Singh said. On Monday night, 10 pillars were already installed, while ornamental orbs on the 10 columns on the other side of the road were being mounted.

Works to be completed by December 29
The official said that the other 20 pillars are located on the same road beyond the Satrangi Pul near the Saket petrol pump. "Work is underway on that side as well and the aim is to complete the work by December 29," Singh said. Each pillar, made of reinforced cement concrete, has a decorative cladding made of the special fibre. It carries the chant 'Jai Shri Ram', a mace of Lord Hanuman, and other ornamental motifs, the official said. The PWD official said the project was conceived in October and the installations began earlier this month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to arrive at the temple town on December 30. During his visit, Modi will inaugurate the redeveloped Ayodhya railway station and a new airport, and address a rally, officials earlier said. He will also hold a roadshow from the airport to the city, they said. Prime Minister Modi will take part in the ceremony on January 22. 

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