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Updated January 12th, 2024 at 08:54 IST

Halwais from Varanasi, Gujarat to Prepare 45 Tonnes of Laddus for Sri Ram’s Historic Pran Pratishtha

Halwais in Ayodhya to prepare over 45 tonnes of pure desi ghee laddus for 'Pran Pratishtha' on January 22.

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Sweet Treat for Lord Ram: Halwais from Varanasi, Gujarat in Ayodhya to Make 45 Tonnes of Laddus for 'Pran Pratishtha' Ceremony
Sweet Treat for Lord Ram: Halwais from Varanasi, Gujarat in Ayodhya to Make 45 Tonnes of Laddus for 'Pran Pratishtha' Ceremony | Image:ANI
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Ayodhya: As the nation eagerly anticipates the historic 'Pran Pratishtha' of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on January 22, Halwais, sweet-makers from Varanasi and Gujarat are working to prepare over 45 tonnes of ‘Laddus’ offerings for the dignitaries and devotees attending the significant event.

A group of skilled Halwais has been assigned the task of making laddus with pure desi ghee, which will serve as a prasad during the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony. The process began on January 6 and is set to continue until January 22, coinciding with the day when Ayodhya is expected to be bustling with devotees and dignitaries for the grand event. The confectioners are producing approximately 1200 kgs of laddus daily, with a total target of 45 tonnes for the ceremony.

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"The laddus are being made using pure desi ghee and will be offered as a prasad to Ram Lala on the 22nd of this month. We have been making laddus since January 6 and will continue doing so until January 22. In a day, we make around 1200 kgs of laddus. We have to make 45 tonnes of laddus for the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony," shared one of the Halwais.

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Published January 12th, 2024 at 08:35 IST

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