The Central Puja Committee, Meghalaya will observe the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya by lighting of diyas (earthen lap) and candles at the immersion Ghat in Polo, here on January 22.
The committee said the celebration will take place between 4 pm to 6 pm. It has also urged all the management of mandirs and Hindu institutions, including households to light earthen lamps or candles on that day and to organise various programmes like bhajan, especially at the time of ‘Pran Prathista’.
Meanwhile, all central government offices across the country will remain closed for half a day.
As per the notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, all Central Government offices, Central Institutions and Central Industrial Establishments across the country shall remain closed for half a day till 2:30 pm.
The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of the new idol of Ram Lalla at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple is scheduled for Monday. The ceremony is set to be performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told news agency PTI that the decision has been taken in view of the “overwhelming” public sentiments.
“There was a huge public demand across the country regarding this. Decision on half-day closure of central government offices on January 22 has been taken in view of overwhelming public sentiments,” he said.
National broadcaster Doordarshan has made elaborate arrangements for live telecast of the entire event, which will also be shown live on several private TV channels. Arrangements have also been made for screening of the Ayodhya ceremony live on large screens at public places in India and abroad.