The historical moment (the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya) has transformed into a global event. Many organisations in various parts of the world are doing their bit to express their happiness and joy during this momentous occasion.

The founder of the Sivananda World Peace Foundation, Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu joins the world and the people of India in celebration of a long-awaited milestone in getting back the Ram Mandi.

Ram Mandir inauguration: The Pran Pratishtha ceremony for Ram Lalla’s idol is slated to take place on January 22, with the rituals having kicked off on January 16. The temple will be inaugurated by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The specific time for the ceremony hasn’t been announced yet. However, the Pran-Pratishtha (consecration) of Ram Lalla within the temple is scheduled between 12:15pm and 12:45pm. 

The much-anticipated consecration will unfold on January 22, coinciding with the auspicious Mrigashira Nakshatra. Devotees eagerly await the chance to witness this significant event, seeking a glimpse of Ram Lala during the consecration ceremony.

The Ayodhya Temple inauguration holds utmost significance for Hindus worldwide, a milestone reached after the successful culmination of a decades-long movement for the construction of the temple on the birthplace of Lord Ram. The inauguration marks a new era of spiritual significance and economic prosperity for the city of Ayodhya. The Ayodhya Temple inauguration is a historic event that transcends religion and marks a significant chapter in India’s cultural and spiritual landscape.

In 2020 Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony: On August 5, the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Temple was laid by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He performed Bhoomi Poojan and laid the foundation stone of the grand Ram temple. Modi became the first Prime Minister to have Darshan at Ram Janmbhumi and Hanumangarhi temple of Ayodhya.

In May 2022: Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra informed that the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is in full swing. According to the report, the foundation has been laid, and the plinth or the pedestal raising work, which began in January, is still going on.

In January 2024: Shri Ram Janambhoomi Trust Champat Rai has confirmed that the idol of Lord Ram will be installed at the temple on January 22, 2024, and PM Modi will attend the inauguration. The Vishva Hindu Parishad has said it will invite more than 10 crore families in the country and abroad to take part in the consecration ceremony to be held at Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22.

To mark this occasion, the Sivananda World Peace Foundation will be hosting an event at the Zululand Yacht Club on January 22, 2024. There will be a floating platform erected on the Indian Ocean to mark this occasion, which connects the people of South Africa and India. Shri Ram and the entire Ram Parivar (family) will be placed on this floating platform with colourful lights and flowers as it floats on the Indian Ocean. Music and dance will be performed in a grand celebration as a community. A display of colour lights will be all over the area marking a second Deepavali celebration. This festival will see a display of lights welcoming Shri Ram said Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu.

“We take pride and join the Sivananda World Peace Foundation during such a momentous occasion when we celebrate with our Hindu brothers and sisters. The coming together of the Hindu community in Richards Bay to celebrate this historic milestone in India and the world is highly applaudable. We are happy that the Sivananda World Peace Foundation is celebrating this event in King Cetshwayo District where we are such a diverse nation and rich in culture. 

The Deepavali that we celebrate and participate in yearly is a clear indication that Hindus take pride during this official opening of the Ram Ayodhya Temple. The festival of lights brings about a new dawn in the world and our district,” said King Cetshwayo district mayor, Cllr Thami Ntuli. 

“South Africa has many different cultures and traditions. This makes us such a colourful and vibrant country. We are indeed very happy that an event is hosted here in Richards Bay to mark this historic occasion the inauguration of the Ram Ayodhya Mandir after 500 years in India. 

We rejoice with the Hindu community in the city of Umhlatuze and South Africa at large. Indeed, we must celebrate each other’s diversity and traditions as a nation said Deputy Mayor of the city of Umhlatuze,” said Cllr Christo Botha.

An invitation is extended to members of the community to join this fun-filled afternoon at the Zululand Yacht Club on January 22 at 6pm in Richards Bay. 

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