Idol of Lord Ram to be installed at Ayodhya temple on Jan 22: Mohan Bhagwat


RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

Mohan Bhagwat (Photo: PTI)

The idol of Lord Ram will be installed at the Ayodhya temple on January 22, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday. He added that on that day, Indians can organise programmes at the temples across the country to celebrate.

Speaking at the RSS Dussehra rally, a customary gathering at the Reshimbaug ground in Nagpur, Bhagwat also said that the world is today looking at India to overcome its problems. Bhagwat also performed the “Shastra Pooja” on Tuesday.

“A temple of Lord Ram is being built in Ayodhya…Lord Ram (idol) will be installed at the temple on January 22…On that day, we can organise programmes at our own temples in the whole country…,” he said as reported by news agency ANI.

On the G20 Summit, hosted by India in September, Bhagwat said that delegates at the summit experienced India’s unity in diversity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the nation on Dussehra. In a post in Hindi on social media platform X, Modi wrote, “Best wishes to my family members across the country on Vijayadashami. This holy festival brings the message of ending negative forces as well as adopting goodness in life. Wishing you all a Happy Vijaya Dashami!”

Home Minister Amit Shah also extended his greetings and posted, “Best wishes to all on ‘Vijayadashami’. No matter how dense the darkness of unrighteousness is, the victory of the light of righteousness based on truth is eternal. Symbolic of the victory of virtue over sin, ‘Vijayadashami’ is a festival that inspires and teaches us to always follow the path of wisdom and truth. May Lord Shri Ram bless everyone. Jai Shri Ram!”

The country is celebrating Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, on Tuesday, marking the end of Durga Puja.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Oct 24 2023 | 10:12 AM IST


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