Himansu Shekhar Rout

The whole country, starting from villages to towns, is immersed in devotion to Lord Ram on the eve of the consecration ceremony of Ayodhya Ram temple. All are eagerly waiting for the moment of the consecration ceremony.  

An air of spirituality and festivity gripped Berhampur when a massive procession was taken around the Silk City on the eve of the Ram Mandir inauguration. Hundreds of men and women chanted Ram Bhajan, creating an atmosphere of devotion while a big bike rally was organised by ‘Hindu Samaj’ at Nischintakoili in Cuttack with a message to people that they are inspired by the ideals of Lord Ram.

Hanuman Vatika in Rourkela was attractively decorated for the temple consecration ceremony. A 12-ft high idol of Lord Ram will be worshipped tomorrow while a massive earthen lamp will be lit in front of the statue. About 6,000 litres of ghee will be used for the lamp to burn for a month. 

Santosh Biswal, one of the organisers of the event in Rourkela, said, ”After doing the rounds of the city, we will plant the lamp at Hanuman Vatika at 12.35 pm. The lamp will be ignited at 5 pm.”   

Similarly, Basudevpur in Bhadrak is dipped in joy and devotion. A 15-ft high earthen lamp is ready to be lit up on the premises of Maa Kali temple for Lord Ram tomorrow.  

Khariar town in Nuapada wore a saffron look on Sunday with festoons and small flags hung all over the town. A campaign vehicle is doing rounds urging people to burn lamps tomorrow while people thronged shops to buy Ram flags, Hanuman swords and decorative items.    

A woman devotee in Berhmapur said, “We are enthusiastic about the Ram Mandir inauguration. All are dipped in devotion and spirituality.”

An elderly devotee in Khariar said, “All will chant Ram naam all through the day and offer lamps to Lord Ram in the evening.”    

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In Ranpur of Nayagarh, Sunil Palei, a young artist has made a mini replica of Ayodhya Ram Mandir measuring 18 cm in length and 12 cm in width. The artist said, "I have built the mini temple model by using matchbox sticks, paddy and green grams.” Sunil intends to send the replica to Ayodhya.

Similarly, Ayush Mohapatra of Puri has painted an attractive image of Lord Ram on canvas.