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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 14:33 IST

Temples in US prepare for celebrations to mark Ram Temple's inauguration in Ayodhya

Temples across the US are preparing week-long celebrations in North America to mark the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Nishtha Narayan
Ayodhya Ram Temple
अयोध्या राम मंदिर | Image:Ayodhya Ram Temple / ANI
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Temples across the US are preparing week-long celebrations in North America to mark the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22 next year, a top official representing these temples had said.

"It's our fortune and blessings to us that we are part of this phenomenon and the temple of our dreams is getting materialised after centuries of wait and struggle. Everyone's emotions in the US and Canada are very high. Shraddha (devotion) is built up and everyone is eagerly waiting to receive Bhagwan Shri Ram in his mandir," Tejal Shah from the Hindu Mandirs Empowerment Council (HMEC) told PTI. 

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The highest authority representing more than 1,100 Hindu temples in the US is the Hindu Mandirs Empowerment Council (HMEC).

She stated that the celebrations, which would span a week and take place at both large and small temples across North America, will begin on January 15 and end on January 20 with a live broadcast of the inauguration of the Ram Temple from Ayodhya.

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Shah, who has been leading the Hindu Mandirs Empowerment Council (HMEC), stated that they anticipate thousands of Hindus to attend the inauguration ceremony based on the reaction they have received thus far.

"At the end of the event we will take a Sankalpa," she said. "For us, it will be the 21st of January night 11 pm Eastern time. So we will all join virtually on that night to celebrate Bhagwan Shree Ram's pran pratishta," she said.

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Several dozen temples have signed up so far to participate in the curtain-raiser event on January 15, which will feature priests from all over North America chanting the Shri Ram Naam Sankirtan.

More than half of the temples have signed up for the main events on January 21-22, she said. "Every week we see 100 plus mandirs registering for the events," she added.

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The January 15 event, she said, would begin with the chanting of Ram Nam Sankirtan by priests. Ram Nam Sankirtan is the chanting of 108 names of Lord Rama used in Valmiki Ramayana.

It will be followed by Bhajan recitation by renowned artist Vinod Krushnan from Atlanta who will be singing some popular new Bhajan of Lord Rama, she said.

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On January 21, plans are afoot to lighten up the temples, live watching of the inauguration at these temples, and blowing of conch shells and distribution of prasadams.

Every participating temple will receive a certificate of participation and "Prasad" from Shree Ram Janam Bhumi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Shah said.

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"We have created an exhibit "Ramayana Around the World" in commemoration of Pran Pratistha and the inauguration of the mandir at Shree Ram Janmaboomi in Ayodhya.

"This 26-poster exhibit shows the importance of Shree Ram and Ramayana in countries around the world," she said, adding that the exhibit is available for display at the mandirs and local community centres. (With inputs from PTI) 

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 14:32 IST

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