In the aftermath of the grand consecration ceremony at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, a continuous influx of devotees floods the sacred city, creating a sea of faithful followers.
A reported 50,000 devotees eagerly camped outside the temple overnight, yearning for a divine darshan on Wednesday morning, as highlighted by the Indian Express.
This surge in devotees follows a day of chaotic events when an unexpectedly large crowd attempted to enter the temple on Tuesday, prompting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to intervene. Visiting the city on Tuesday evening, Adityanath addressed the situation, appealing to devotees not to overcrowd the temple premises. Amid reports of confusion and overcrowding, the Chief Minister took stock of security arrangements and reassured the public, stating, “Come to Ayodhya after the crowd is normal.”
To address the crowd management concerns, barricades were strategically placed on Wednesday, implementing a new queue system for an organized entry into the temple. Prashant Kumar, DG (Law and order), emphasized the reinforcement of the queue system, ensuring a smooth flow of visitors.
आज श्री अयोध्या धाम में श्रीराम जन्मभूमि मंदिर परिसर का स्थलीय निरीक्षण किया।
इस अवसर पर संबंधित अधिकारियों को पूज्य साधु-संतों व श्रद्धालुओं हेतु प्रभु श्री राम लला के सुलभ एवं सहज दर्शन के साथ ही सभी आवश्यक व्यवस्थाएं सुचारू रूप से संचालित करने हेतु आवश्यक दिशा-निर्देश भी दिए। pic.twitter.com/QpnQLJKCgg
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 23, 2024
On Wednesday, senior officials were present at the temple to oversee security details, with around 8,000 security personnel, including police, Rapid Action Force (RAF), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), maintaining vigilance at the sacred site.
In response to the overwhelming number of devotees, bus services between Lucknow and Ayodhya have been temporarily suspended by the state government until the situation normalizes. Inspector-General of Police Ayodhya Praveen Kumar advised people to plan their visits after two weeks to manage the influx.
#WATCH | Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Special ADGLO Prashant Kumar says, “People have gathered here in huge numbers. Principal Home Secretary and I have been sent here… We have improved the queue system for crowd management. We have made channels for the people…” pic.twitter.com/9b5BC05DU5
— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2024
Tuesday witnessed a remarkable turnout, with approximately 5 lakh devotees visiting the temple, yet only 3 lakh could partake in the sacred prayers. The ongoing devotion and overwhelming response underscore the significance of the Ram Mandir in the hearts of millions, creating an atmosphere of spiritual fervor in Ayodhya.