Ambani, Mittal in attendance for Ayodhya Ram Mandir ceremony
The invitees continued to arrive in Ayodhya for the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir. Religious fervour gripped Ayodhya who have flocked here to witness the historic moment. The founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal arrived at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Industrialist Anil Ambani is also in the holy city to attend the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. Aditya Birla Group chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla, and Ananya Birla have also reached Ayodhya.
A multi-layer security cover is in place in Ayodhya for the consecration ceremony, with 10,000 CCTV cameras and drones equipped with artificial intelligence keeping an eye on the movement of people. Police personnel in plain clothes have been deployed at the venue.
While more than 7,000 people are on the list of invitees for the event, the select list features 506 A-listers. Business tycoons Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani are among the prominent people invited to the event.
The ceremony will begin at 12:20 pm, and according to the temple trust, it is expected to end by 1 pm. Following this, the prime minister will address the gathering.
The invitees who arrived early this morning included RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Anupam Kher, Kailash Kher, Jubin Nautiyal, Prasson Joshi, Manoj Joshi, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ravishankar Prasad and Anil Ambani.
The consecration rituals for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ started from the Saryu river on January 16 and will be completed on Monday afternoon on the ‘Abhijeet Muhurta’, according to the trust.
Lakhs of people are expected to watch the event live on TV and online platforms as the Central government has announced a half-day off on January 22 and many states followed suit.
Temples across the country have announced special festivities on the occasion. From Washington DC to Paris to Sydney, events have been also planned in various parts of the world by either the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) or Hindu diaspora groups.
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