Ayodhya: Lord Ram’s idol to be installed in Ram Mandir in January 2024, says Janmabhoomi Trust

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The idol of Lord Ram will be placed in the sanctum sanctorum at the Grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya around Jan. 14, 2024, Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Secretary General Champat Rai said on Monday.

He said the ground floor of the large temple currently under construction will be completed by the end of next year, December 2023.

“The Ram Mandir Building Committee meeting has ended. The ground floor of the temple (Ram Mandir) will be finished in December 2023, and after 15 days i.e. around January 14, 2024, the idol of Lord Ram will be in the temple be installed,” said Rai.

Earlier, the Ram Mandir Trust meeting took place in the Circuit House of Ayodhya, mainly discussing three topics. The construction cost of the temple was one of them, which has been estimated at Rs 1,800 crore after 18 months of deliberation. The cost has been revised in the past which had previously stood at Rs 400 crore.

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“Meeting of the trust of Shri Ram Janamabhoomi was held. We discussed the construction cost of the Ram temple and it was estimated at Rs 1,800 crore which could be changed later. The rules of the trust and other statues to be placed in the temple be installed were also discussed,” Rai said.

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“When the construction of the temple started, no decision could be made on its cost. After consideration, it emerged that the cost may be Rs 400 crore. But when further thought was given, the cost kept changing. Discussions continued 18 months and it emerged that its cost could be up to about Rs 1,800 crore which could be changed later. Discussions were held on the rules and regulations to be followed in the trust. The rules were finally finalized, he added.

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The meeting of the building committee takes place every month. The foundation stone for the construction of the ‘Garbha Griha’ of the Ram Temple or the temple’s sanctum sanctorum was laid in June this year by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

The construction of the temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya continues steadily. On August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Ram Temple and construction work on the temple has been ongoing ever since.

The five-judge Constitution Court of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (now retired) had unanimously ruled on 9 November 2019 that the land in Ayodhya where Babri Masjid once stood belongs to Ram Lalla.