Updated January 22nd, 2024 at 08:51 IST

Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha: Dhobiya, Ghumar, Folk Dances In Ayodhya City Ahead Of Consecration

Folk dances in the praise of Lord Ram are being performed on the streets of Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha.

Folk Dances In Ayodhya | Image:PTI

Folk dances and, songs dedicated to Lord Ram playing on loudspeakers, streets decked up with flowers, lights and saffron flags and people dressed up as Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman - the temple town of Ayodhya is buzzing with activity ahead of the pran pratishtha ceremony at the newly constructed Ram temple.

Small stages have been constructed at multiple places on Ram Path which leads to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple. Folk dancers from across the country are performing different dances with passersby stopping to make videos and click selfies.


Different folk dances are being performed

"The folk dances that are being performed across the city include Badhawa, Chari, Ghumar, Dhobiya, Rai, Raslila, Mayur, Khayal Nritya and Sataria, among others. The streets leading to the Ram temple look like a mini India. The same will be performed tomorrow as well," an official from the Uttar Pradesh government's culture department told PTI.


While Ghumar is the folk dance from Rajasthan, which was originally performed by the Bhil Tribe in honour of Goddess Saraswati, Raslila originated from Vrajdham or Vrindavan to depict devotion to Lord Krishna. These dances being performed in Ayodhya are increasing the anticipation for the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha.

Folk dances are being performed in Ayodhya | Representative image: Unsplash

Groups of devotees singing and dancing, people dressed as characters of Ramayana, and small vans decked with flowers and posters of Lord Ram were a common sight on Sunday on the streets of the holy city with thousands gathering at the main gate of the temple which has been completely covered in flowers.


Celebration in Ayodhya

"We celebrate Diwali every year to mark Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya and here this is the biggest Diwali ever. How can this not be celebrated? The religious atmosphere here cannot even be described in words or captured by camera," said Pragya Dewan who is performing ghumar, a folk dance from Rajasthan.


Another artist, Umapati, who is part of the group performing Raslila said, "There cannot be a better global stage than this to perform and the love we are receiving from devotees is unimaginable. People are bringing tea and food for us, maybe this is what 'Ram Rajya' looks like".

Ayodhya has been beautified and modernised ahead of the 'Pran Prathishtha' ceremony. Streetlights on flyovers have been decorated with artworks depicting Lord Ram, including cutouts of bow and arrow, and ornamental lamp posts are carrying designs themed on the traditional 'Ramanandi tilak'. The narrow street that once led to the disputed site was widened into a dual, two-lane carriageway. The shops alongside now have uniform signages.


Even side lanes are decorated with flowers and people are playing dhols, although the main focus is on the Ram Path and Dharm Path, the two street showpieces of what the government terms the 'Navya, Divya and Bhavya Ayodhya'.

While the temple town is expected to dazzle on the day of 'pran pratishtha', many households, temples and other buildings have already been lit up.


"Cultural programmes are also going on in all parts of the city. The Ramotsav began on January 16 and different programmes are being organised at four locations --Shri Ram Katha Park, Bhajan Sandhya Sthal, Tulsi Uddyan and Shri Ram Prekshagrah.

"The folk dances have begun from today. They will be performed today and tomorrow. The other cultural programmes will continue for the rest of the month," said Ritu Dixi from Ayodhya Culture Centre.


With inputs from PTI


Published January 22nd, 2024 at 08:51 IST