Mrunal Manmay Dash

As India gears up for the consecration ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22, two youths from Odisha's Berhampur have set out on a padyatra to the Ram Janmabhoomi to witness the grand ceremony.

Kuresh Behera and Sonu Bisoi started from their home town Berhampur’s Chandpur on December 30, 2023 and expect to reach Ayodhya before January 22 to see the grand consecration ceremony. They have reached Bhadrak on Thursday.

They aim to spread the ‘Sanatan Dharm’ through their journey.

Speaking to OTV, Kuresh Behera said, “We have started our journey from Berhampur. We wanted to spread the Sanatan religion, so we decided to walk to Ayodhya. The total distance is 1400 km, out of which we have already covered 320 km.”

As the preparations for the consecration ceremony of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram Temple are going on at a fast pace, the ritual process will continue on a large scale for seven days in Ayodhya, which will start on January 16.

On January 22, Shri Ram Lalla (Lord Ram in his childlike form) will be seated in his divinely grand temple in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Varanasi priest Lakshmi Kant Dixit is set to officiate the main rituals during the consecration ceremony on January 22 in Ayodhya. As part of the festivities, a grand 1008 Hundi Mahayagya is scheduled, aiming to feed thousands of devotees. To accommodate the anticipated influx of devotees arriving for the grand consecration, numerous tent cities are being erected in Ayodhya.