Ahead of the ‘Pran Pratishtha‘ (consecration) ceremony of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, Mexico got its first temple dedicated to Lord Ram on Sunday.
The Ram temple was inaugurated in Queretaro city after the ‘Pran Pratishtha‘ ceremony was performed by an American priest with Mexican hosts, the Indian Embassy in Mexico tweeted.
“The atmosphere was filled with divine energy as the hymns and songs sung by the Indian community reverberated throughout the hall,” the embassy said, adding that the idols were brought from India.
Queretaro city also hosts the first Lord Hanuman temple in Mexico.
Ram Mandir will be inaugurated today in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, four years after the landmark Supreme Court judgment. The mega event will feature the ‘Pran Pratishtha‘ of Ram Lalla (idol of infant Lord Ram), with the rituals led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The ‘Pran Pratishtha‘ ceremony is scheduled to take place between 12:20 pm and 1 pm.
More than 7,000 people will be in attendance, including politicians, celebrities, industrialists, saints and around 100 representatives from different countries.
Pre-‘Pran Pratishtha‘ rituals went on between January 16 and January 21. PM Modi is set to be the main ‘yajman‘ and will perform the ‘Pran Pratishtha‘ rituals, which are designed to infuse life into the idol of Ram Lalla. A team of priests, led by Lakshmikant Dixit, will oversee the main rituals.
The Ram Lalla idol, carved by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, was placed inside the sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha) of the Ram Temple on January 18.