17 Jan 2024

Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal's Ayodhya Nagar transforms into a festive haven, Aastha Special Train to run for Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration

In anticipation of the highly awaited consecration of the Ayodhya Ram Temple on January 22, Bhopal, the Madhya Pradesh capital, is actively participating in the festivities. The city has adorned itself with Diwali-like decorations a week prior to the auspicious event, with 1500 lamps illuminating the 10 Number Market. Ram Darbar will grace the same area, accompanied by the distribution of 51 kg of prasad (bundi) on the day of the consecration.

The Khedapati Temple and Roshanpura intersection in the city are fully adorned, while Ramayan Path and Bhajan will commence in the New Market area on January 21.

Ayodhya Nagar in the capital is set to emulate the ambiance of Ayodhya, with special decorations at Ram Dwar and subsequent events at the Ram temple. A commercial organization in Old Bhopal plans a flag march, and Ram Dhun and Bhandara will unfold from Jumerati to the Bhopal bus stand. Additionally, Chowk Bazaar will provide food to underprivileged children.

22-coach Aastha special train to Ayodhya under construction

In preparation for the occasion, a 22-coach Aastha special train to Ayodhya is under construction at the Nishatpura factory. The railway administration is concurrently gearing up for the security of Aastha special trains traversing through Bhopal. Utilizing a redeveloped old technology of ICF sleeper class coaches, two racks of 22 coaches each will be dispatched from the Nishatpura factory to the Railway Ministry by the month's end.

Bhopal Declares 'Dry-Day' on Jan 22

Bhopal Collector Kaushalendra Vikram Singh has issued an order for the entire district to observe a dry day in honor of the auspicious occasion. All alcohol shops and bars will remain closed, and measures will be taken against public alcohol consumption.

Indore Vendor's Gesture: Free Incense Sticks for D-Day

As Indore gears up for the consecration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Temple, various events and activities are underway. Residents are setting records for the highest number of Hanuman Chalisa Paath and distributing free incense sticks (Agarbatti) to express their joy for Lord Rama.

Devotees Target 20K Hanuman Chalisa Path by Jan 22

In celebration of the consecration of the majestic Ram Temple in Ayodhya, an elaborate ceremony involving the recitation of 11,000 Hanuman Chalisa hymns is underway at the sacred court of Lord Hanuman within the Durga Mata Temple of Tilak Nagar. Commencing on December 19, 2023, the ritual is set to conclude on January 22, 2024.

Temple priest Durgesh Sharma said there has been a consistent rise in the number of devotees participating in the ceremony each day.

Another temple priest, Vansh Sharma, shared, "Our initial target was to complete 11,000 Hanuman Chalisa recitations by January 22. In light of the unwavering devotion and enthusiasm displayed by the devotees, we anticipate reaching a total of 20,000 recitations by the time of the Ram Temple consecration ceremony." 

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