Ayodhya begins preps for Ram Mandir consecration event | Lucknow News – Times of India

AYODHYA: The Ram Mandir Trust office-bearers got together with the district administration officials on Thursday to formally begin preparations for the consecration ceremony of Ram Temple in Ram Janmabhoomi area of the temple town slated to be held in the third week of January.
To begin with, the work on drafting the guest list has commenced and the district administration has started preparations to accommodate and attend 1 lakh pilgrims and guests expected to attend the event. The administration has also started preparing a blueprint for traffic management for the mega event.
Other things discussed at the meeting included arrangements of lodging, food and toilet facilities for over 1 lakh devotees expected to be present during the consecration ceremony.
Parking will be the biggest challenge for the administration. DM Nitish Kumar said the administration has identified 29 parking lots around the city. The meeting was attended by Ram Mandir Trust general secretary Champat Rai, member Anil Mishra, commissioner Gaurav Dayal, IG Praveen Kumar, DM, SSP Rajkaran Nayyar and Ayodhya Development Authority secretary Satyendra Singh.
Earlier this month, the Trust had said they would invite 25,000 Hindu religious leaders from 136 Sanatan traditions of the country for the consecration ceremony.
Trust treasurer Swami Govind Giri had said that it was decided that only Hindu sadhus and saints will be present in the main programme – which will be brief – with PM Modi on the day of the inauguration. Following the consecration ceremony, a formal programme will be organized for the rest of the country and the world before the temple is thrown open to the public for the darshan. Rai had said Hindu saints to be invited will include forest dwellers (vanvasi), Valmikis, Ravidasis, Kabirpanthis, Nankpanthis, Vaishnav sanyasis, Shaiv sadhus and those from Swami Narayan and Nath traditions. The Trust has planned to accommodate all prominent saints in big monasteries and temples of Ayodhya.