Ram Mandir’s opening:
special national festival,
no liquor, schools and
colleges closed in UP

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Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh): Considering the emotional significance of the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ programme of Lord Ram in Ram Mandir, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath terming this special occasion as a ‘national festival’ has directed the declaration of a holiday in educational institutions across the state on January 22.
Terming this occasion as special, CM Yogi said that liquor shops should be kept closed in the state on January 22. During his visit to Ayodhya on Tuesday, the Chief Minister held a meeting with the officials of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.
Taking information about the Vedic rituals of Pran Pratistha starting after Makar Sankranti, the Chief Minister directed officials to extend all necessary cooperation to the Teerth Kshetra Trust for the security and other arrangements for the ceremony.

The Chief Minister emphasized the need for enhanced hospitality for dignitaries attending the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.
“The resting place of each VVIP should be selected in advance. Considering the weather, some guests may arrive a day or two earlier. In such a situation, better arrangements should be made for their stay,” he said.
CM Yogi emphasized that after January 22, devotees of Lord Ram from across the globe will visit Ayodhya. To facilitate their convenience, he directed the installation of multilingual signage throughout the city, covering languages from the 8th Schedule of the Constitution and the six official languages of the United Nations.
Stressing the paramount importance of cleanliness in hospitality, the Chief Minister sought public cooperation. He underscored the necessity of maintaining cleanliness on major roads and streets such as Dharma Path, Janmabhoomi Path, Bhakti Path, and Ram Path.
With over 3800 sanitation workers deployed, CM Yogi recommended increasing the workforce by an additional 1500 employees to further ensure cleanliness and hygiene.

“The upcoming historic Pran-Pratishtha program is a source of joy, pride, and self-satisfaction for crores of Sanatan believers. The whole country is imbued with the spirit of Lord Shri Ram. Deepotsav will be celebrated at every temple in the evening on January 22. Every Sanatan believer is encouraged to welcome Ramlala by lighting the Ramjyoti in their homes and establishments,” CM Yogi said.
“Today I have personally inspected the arrangements of the tent city. There is a good arrangement here. Emphasize cleanliness and ensure that those staying here have access to hot water. To ensure availability of food grains in the tent city, necessary arrangements should be made by the Food and Logistics Department and Mandi Parishad,” he added.
Muslim organisation

A prominent Muslim organisation in Uttar Pradesh has announced that it will keep meat shops closed in several areas in the state capital Lucknow on January 22, the date when the idol of Ram Lalla will be installed in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir.
The All India Jamiatul Quresh has decided to keep the meat shops closed in several areas of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow on January 22 when the idol of Ram Lalla will be installed in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir.
National Secretary of All India Jamiatul Quresh, Shahabuddin Qureshi and its Vice President Ashfaq Qureshi on Monday submitted a memorandum in this regard to Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak.
They said that the Pasmanda Muslim Community has decided to keep shut all meat shops in Lucknow’s Bilochpura, Sadar Cantt, Faatehganj, and Laatouche Road areas.
“We all are Awadh residents. Keeping in mind the goodwill on the Pran Pratishtha day in Ayodhya, it has been decided unanimously that on 22 January 2024, all the meat traders of Bilochpura, Sadar Cantt, Faatehganj, and Laatouche Road areas will keep their businesses closed,” Shahabuddin Qureshi said in the memorandum submitted to the state deputy CM.
The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of the new idol of Ram Lalla at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to be performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22. (ANI)