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Champat Rai, general secretary of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said that the temple will open for the devotees on Makar Sankranti next year (2024).

Grand celebrations for the opening of Ram Mandir will start in December 2023 and will continue till Makar Sankranti in January 2024, he said.

Speaking to reporters, Rai said, “Currently, we are working on the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple. Work on the main temple and Parikrama door has already been finished. 170 columns are being made in the ground floor. We are aiming to finish the first floor of the temple by October this year.”

As per the reports, white marble from the Makrana hills in Rajasthan will be used inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The marble-carving work is in progress and some of the carved marble blocks have already been brought to Ayodhya.

Champat Rai had earlier said that by the end of 2023, the construction at the sanctum sanctorum is expected to be completed.

"We have set December 2023 as the deadline for completion of construction of the temple and January 2024 for opening it for devotees," he elaborated.

It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed the 'Bhoomi Puja' for the construction of the temple on August 5, 2020.

(Reported By Arvind Gupta, OTV)