In a significant announcement, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has declared a statewide holiday for all schools, colleges, and educational institutions on January 22. The decision is in anticipation of the grand ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of the Ram Temple. Coinciding with this, Chief Minister Adityanath has also issued a directive for the closure of all liquor shops across the state on the same day.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently visited Ayodhya, where he performed darshan and puja at Hanuman Garhi and Ram Lala, expressing his heartfelt wishes for the welfare of the people. During this visit, he fervently prayed for the well-being of the residents. Earlier, on December 29, the Chief Minister had conducted puja and archana at the sacred site. In the new year, Adityanath assessed the progress of various development-related projects and schemes during his journey to Ramnagari, emphasizing his commitment to the region’s growth. The Chief Minister also took stock of the ongoing work related to the construction of the Ram Temple.
With the consecration of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya scheduled for January 22, preparations are in full swing. The auspicious ceremony will be graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The guest list for this momentous event includes more than 7,000 individuals, featuring renowned personalities such as cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani.
In a symbolic gesture, sculptures of elephants, lions, Lord Hanuman, and ‘Garuda’ have been installed at the main entrance of the Ram Temple. Champat Rai, the Secretary-General of the temple trust, has previously mentioned that the temple’s entry and exit will be from the east and south directions, respectively.
As the countdown to the historic consecration ceremony continues, the state of Uttar Pradesh gears up to witness a day of cultural and spiritual significance, marked by the closure of educational institutions and liquor shops as a gesture of respect and participation in the momentous occasion.