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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:42 IST

Ayodhya Railway Station renamed as Ayodhya Dham ahead of Ram Mandir inauguration

The renaming of the railway station comes ahead of its grand opening along with the Ayodhya Airport by PM Modi on December 30.

Moumita Mukherjee
Ayodhya Railway Station renamed as Ayodhya Dham
Ayodhya Railway Station renamed as Ayodhya Dham | Image:Republic
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In a significant move, the iconic state-of-the-art Ayodhya railway station has been officially renamed as Ayodhya Dham. The station was previously known as Faizabad Junction railway station. The decision was confirmed by authorities, emphasizing the new identity that the station will now carry. The renaming of the railway station comes ahead of its grand opening along with the Ayodhya Airport by PM Modi on December 30. 

As the grand consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya approaches, the city is abuzz with preparations for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Simultaneously, the Indian Railways is actively engaged in the comprehensive redevelopment of Ayodhya's Railway Station, aligning it with the rich tapestry of Hindu tradition and culture while integrating modern amenities. The redevelopment plans for Ayodhya Railway Station are centered on infusing elements that pay homage to the city's deep-rooted Hindu traditions and culture. At the same time, modern amenities will be seamlessly integrated to offer travelers a comfortable and efficient experience.

On Wednesday, officials from various agencies took stock of the preparations ahead of the prime minister's visit, while a posse of security personnel kept guard as construction workers rushed to finish work. The extensive redevelopment endeavor, initiated a couple of years ago, has been orchestrated by RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) Limited, operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Railways. 

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According to a senior official from RITES, the redevelopment agenda integrates contemporary amenities akin to those found at airports while embracing architectural elements paying homage to the forthcoming Ram temple. "The building's frontage has a colonnade having a concrete core with a cladding of sandstone, and on its side ends are tall round pillars, again having a cladding of sandstone to lend a traditional look," he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. 

Further elaborating on the symbolic design elements, the official highlighted, "At the station's pinnacle, an ornate structure resembling a royal 'mukut' has been crafted, accompanied by a depiction of a bow just beneath it. These elements are emblematic of Ayodhya's profound association with Lord Ram." The elongated structure, comprising ground, mezzanine, and first floors, showcases two 'shikhar' atop each corner that faces the railway tracks. Additionally, the frontage features two chhatri-style structures positioned at either end, augmenting the architectural resonance of the station.

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Sources have indicated a minor alteration in the previously proposed design for the station's facade. Alongside this adjustment, the Ayodhya railway station boasts expansive waiting halls, cloakrooms, well-equipped toilet facilities, elevators, escalators, and state-of-the-art signage. Furthermore, a dedicated tourist information counter is set to be an integral feature of the station's amenities.

"There is a taxi bay in front of the building, and the porch in the middle is an extended porch. The redeveloped station has facilities for infant care, retiring rooms, food plaza and in future will have some shops too," the official said.

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"The new building of Ayodhya station is 144 m long including the round pillars span, and 44 m wide. It is 11.7 m high, and is also a green building with rain harvesting facility," he added.

The ambitious project to transform Ayodhya Railway Station into a beacon of Hindu heritage comes alongside the erection of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya which has reached its final stages of construction. Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM KP Maurya along with officials inspected Ayodhya International Airport on Dec 26. The airport will be suitable for day, night operations as well as during low visibility conditions of more than 550m. The terminal building is designed to handle 600 passengers during peak hours and 10 lakh passengers annually. Check the pictures below - 

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PM Modi's visit to Ayodhya on December 30

The Prime Minister’s visit to the temple town comes weeks ahead of the much-awaited grand inauguration ceremony at the Ram Temple on January 22. During this visit, he will inaugurate both the Ayodhya airport and the revamped railway station, followed by a planned roadshow and a public address. The Prime Minister’s itinerary includes a roadshow covering a 15-kilometer route between the airport and the railway station, traversing key landmarks such as Dharam Path, Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, Ram Path, Tedhi Bazaar, and the Mohabra intersection.

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“PM Modi will commence the day’s events by inaugurating the Ayodhya airport, proceeding then to the railway station in a grand roadshow. Along the roadshow route, cultural presentations will be staged at 51 locations, with revered sages and spiritual leaders expected to bless the Prime Minister during this auspicious journey,” Ayodhya’s District Magistrate, Nitish Kumar told PTI.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 18:41 IST

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