LUCKNOW: Taking a break from combating the deadly coronavirus, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended a ceremony to shift the Ram Lalla (Lord
Ram) from the makeshift tent temple to a temporary pre-fabricated temple on the Ram Janmabhoomi premises in the wee hours on Wednesday.
The ceremony took place at around 4.30 am on Wednesday, on the first day of
the nine-day Chaitra Navratri festival which also marks the Sanatan Nav Varsh
(new year). The new abode of Shri Ram is a fibre made bullet proof temple and it
has been cast with in a period of 15 days on Ram Janmabhoomi premises. The
deity has been shifted from the sanctum sanctorum of the makeshift temple to be
enthroned on a pure silver throne weighing 9 kg.
The ‘silver seat’ on which the deity is placed has been donated by Raja
Bimalendra Mohan Prakash Mishra, one of the trustees of Shree Ram Teerth
Kshetra Turst and scion of the Ayodhya royal family.
Twenty-seven years after the demolition of the Babri mosque, the Ram Lalla, the
presiding deity of the Ram Janmabhoomi, was shifted from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple to his temporary abode. On the occasion, members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust were also present.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath led the ceremony along with a group of priests who had
converged in the temple town from Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, Haridwar, Mathura,
Varanasi and Ayodhya to help shift the idols amid chanting of mantras and other
The deity was shifted in a palanquin from the makeshift temple at a pre-decided
muhurat. The chief minister was among four people who carried the palanquin to the new location which is a few metres from the existing makeshift temple.
The shifting of the deity is part of the plan to construct a grand temple at the Ram
Janmabhoomi. Vedic rituals had started at Ram Janmabhoomi on Monday morning
ahead of the shifting of Ram Lalla and continued till Tuesday. The deity would rest
in the new temporary set-up till the construction of the temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram.
Now with the idols relocated in the new temporary set up, devotees would have to
walk only half a kilometre to have darshan of Lord Ram. Darshan in the new
temple would be available from a distance of 26 feet unlike earlier in the makeshift
temple when devotees used to get a glimpse of the idol from a distance of 52
However, currently, there is a ban on darshan in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)