Pran Pratishtha is a fundamental and deeply spiritual ritual in Hinduism, which is especially important in the context of the much-awaited inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This ancient ceremony involves the consecration of an idol of a deity, in this case, Lord Rama, filling it with divine energy and life. The consecration of Ramlala in the Ram temple is not just a ritual; It is a historic moment that resonates with millions of devotees across the world.
Date and time of consecration in Ram temple
The consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya is scheduled for January 22, 2024. The exact time of this holy event has been carefully determined between 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. This time frame is chosen based on auspicious moments as per Hindu astrology and is considered most favorable for invoking the divine presence in the idol.
process of consecration
Prana Pratishtha is an elaborate ritual that involves several steps, each of which is associated with spiritual significance. The process begins with a purification ceremony of the idol, which is then decorated with sacred clothes and jewellery. After this the idol is installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The main part of Pran Pratishtha involves chanting of Vedic mantras and offering of various items like flowers, fruits, incense and holy water. These offerings are made to invoke the presence of the deity and to infuse the life force or ‘Prana’ into the idol. The ritual symbolizes the descent of the divine soul into the idol, making it a living incarnation of the deity.
Importance of Pran Pratistha in Hindu worship
In Hinduism, the idol is not just a representation of the deity, but is believed to symbolize the actual presence of the deity. Through Pran Pratishtha, an idol becomes a medium for devotees to connect with the divine. It is transformed from a mere symbolic figure into a sacred entity that can receive prayers and offerings.
Role of devotees in Pran Pratistha
Devotees play an important role in the Pran Pratistha ceremony. Faith and devotion to the deity is considered essential to invoke its presence. The group of devotees, with their collective energy and prayers, contributes significantly to the spiritual atmosphere of the ceremony.