Decoration in Ayodhya for Ram Mandir Grand Opening: The consecration of Lord Sri Rama's idol on January 22 in the distinguished presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be a spectacular event. Indian Railways has accepted the proposal to rename the station, demonstrating its commitment to upholding the cultural significance of Ayodhya. The entire city is decked out in flowers and colors. Despite the name change, the station code will remain unchanged. With a total capacity to handle one lakh passengers, the Ayodhya Dham Junction will boast a roof design inspired by lotus petals.
The Udupi Pejawar mutt seer and trustee of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust, Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, shared details about the upcoming festivities, inviting devotees to partake in the spiritual celebration. Following the consecration, devotees will be welcomed to the Sri Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 23, offering a unique opportunity to witness the divine ambiance.
Sri Vishwaprasanna emphasized that the inaugural day, January 22, will be restricted for security reasons, but devotees can enjoy a live broadcast of the ceremony at Ram temples in their respective locations. Additionally, Ram mandirs throughout India will conduct special poojas and distribute prasadam to commemorate the occasion.
In continuation, Ayodhya will host the Mandala Utsava from January 23 to March 10, featuring daily abhisheka and various poojas in honor of Lord Sri Rama. Sri Vishwaprasanna conveyed that during this period, devotees are welcome to visit the Ram temple and experience the spiritual vibrancy of the Mandala Utsava. Notably, there won't be a specific list of sevas, highlighting the belief that serving Lord Ram is synonymous with serving the nation.
The Ayodhya Dham railway station is undergoing a massive transformation, costing Rs 430 crore, with a design that harmoniously blends modern solutions with Indian temple architecture aesthetics. The station, illuminated during a recent evening, promises the country's largest concourse and a central dome inspired by Lord Ram's Chandra 'Mukut' (crown). The overall design mirrors a confluence of tradition and contemporary style.
Ayodhya Dham Junction, the grand railway station set to complement the magnificence of the upcoming Ram Temple, offers a myriad of features that make it stand out in its class.
The station is designed to provide a seamless and comfortable experience for travelers, featuring lifts, a dedicated tourist information center, and medical facilities. Extensive preparations are underway to ensure that every aspect of the station meets the highest standards.
Renovations include refurbished platforms, adorned with new signboards and striking murals depicting the revered Lord Ram. This fusion of cultural symbolism and modern aesthetics adds a unique charm to the station, making it a place of both historical significance and contemporary convenience.
The station's architectural design mirrors that of a grand temple, harmonizing with the spiritual atmosphere of Ayodhya. Despite its traditional exterior, Ayodhya Dham Junction is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, presenting a perfect blend of heritage and modernity.
Indian Railways has made a significant commitment to facilitate the influx of devotees visiting Ayodhya during the first 100 days of the Ram Mandir. Over 1000 trains from various parts of the country will connect to Ayodhya, emphasizing the station's role as a crucial transportation hub.
The Ayodhya Dham Junction will be a two-storeyed structure covering a substantial area of 3,645 sqm, with improved platforms and the addition of two 6-metre wide foot-over bridges. A thoughtfully designed front porch over the drop-off area ensures passengers are shielded from adverse weather conditions.
Moreover, the station prioritizes passenger convenience with separate provisions for arrival and departure. Elevating the travel experience, Ayodhya Railway Station boasts 12 lifts, 14 escalators, and convenient food plazas. Special facilities such as infant care, a sick room, a tourist information center, a fire exit, and the country’s largest concourse further contribute to the station's commitment to passenger well-being.
In essence, Ayodhya Dham Junction is more than just a railway station; it is a symbol of cultural reverence, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity. As Ayodhya prepares for the grand inauguration of the Ram Temple, the railway station stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of heritage and progress in the heart of India.