Updated January 8th, 2024 at 13:16 IST
Ram temple inauguration: How the consecration ceremony is inclusive event fostering balanced harmony
Visually impaired bhajan singer and poet Akbar Taj from MP is eagerly looking forward to participating in the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.
Khandwa: Akbar Taj, a talented visually impaired bhajan singer and poet hailing from Madhya Pradesh, is joyfully anticipating his participation in the upcoming consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 22.
The 42-year-old Taj, residing in Hafla Beepla village in Khandwa district, expressed his delight with PTI, revealing his plans to travel to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on January 14. Despite his visual impairment, Taj is determined to contribute to the auspicious occasion by reciting his soulful poems dedicated to Lord Ram.
This unique invitation for a visually impaired Muslim artist to partake in the celebration of the Ram temple underscores the diverse and inclusive spirit of the event, bringing together individuals from different backgrounds to share their talents and expressions of devotion. Taj's participation adds a special touch to the cultural tapestry of the ceremony, emphasising unity and harmony in the celebration of religious and artistic diversity.
“I visit the entire country but I am feeling very happy on being invited to Ayodhya and that too on behalf of Ram ji Bhadracharya (Hindu spiritual leader). I am leaving many other programmes and going there,” said Taj.
Taj, who has been composing and singing poems and bhajans dedicated to Lord Ram since his early years, disclosed that he comes from an economically disadvantaged family and resides in a humble 'kutcha' dwelling.
Preparations are in full swing for the Ayodhya event, attended by dignitaries and people from all sections. Vedic rituals for Ram Lalla's consecration begin on January 16, a week before the main ceremony. PM Modi, NDA chief ministers, and over 6,000 attendees are expected.
Varanasi priest Lakshmi Kant Dixit will conduct the main rituals on January 22. Ayodhya will celebrate Amrit Mahautsav from January 14 to 22. A 1008 Hundi Mahayagya will feed thousands of devotees. Tent cities are being set up to accommodate the influx of devotees for the grand consecration in Uttar Pradesh's temple town.
Published January 8th, 2024 at 12:46 IST