51-inch tall Lord Ram’s statue
The idol of Lord Ram that will be consecrated is a 51-inch tall Krishna Shila (black stone) statue, which has been chosen for its divine, royal, and childlike qualities. The idol will be adorned with a Yagopavit (sacred thread) and placed on a lotus-shaped platform inside the Garbh Grah (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. The old Ram Lalla statue, which was worshipped for decades at the makeshift temple, will be placed before the new one and will be called “Utsav Ram”.
When to watch
The eye cover of the new statue will be opened by PM Modi on January 22. However, the exact time of the live-streaming is not announced yet.
The consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is a momentous occasion for the Hindu community, as it symbolizes the fulfilment of a long-standing demand and a legal victory.
The temple is being built at the site where the 16th-century Babri Masjid was demolished by Hindu activists in 1992, sparking communal riots. In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of the Hindus and paved the way for the construction of the temple.
Where to watch
The live broadcast of the consecration ceremony at Times Square in New York City will be a spectacle for the world to witness, as it will showcase the cultural and spiritual heritage of India. It will not be the first time that Lord Ram will be displayed at Times Square, as a digital billboard of the Ram Temple was played there on the occasion of the Bhoomi Pujan in August 2020.