Witness History: Ayodhya Ram Mandir Opening – All You Need to Know

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Opening Date

The Ayodhya Ram Mandir opening date is actually a two-fold event:

  • Consecration Ceremony: The consecration ceremony, also known as Pran Pratishtha was held on January 22, 2024. This is the ceremony where the idols of Lord Ram and Goddess were installed in the temple.
  • Public Opening: The temple is expected to open for public darshan (viewing) a day after the consecration ceremony, on January 23, 2024.

About Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Ayodhya Ram Mandir is being built complex under construction in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. The place is considered Ram Janmabhoomi, the birthplace of Lord Rama, a revered deity in Hinduism.

History and Architecture of Ayodhya Ram Mandir

The site has been a source of religious tension for centuries, with a mosque having stood there for much of that time. Earlier, at this place, there was a Babri Masjid mosque The demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 sparked widespread communal violence and legal disputes.

In 2019, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favor of the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple, while Muslims were given land nearby in Dhannipur to construct a mosque.

Here’s what the final design looks like:

  • Really big: 250 feet wide, 380 feet long, and 161 feet tall! It’s one of the biggest Hindu temples in the world!
  • Beautiful style: It’s built in a traditional North Indian style called Māru-Gurjara. You can imagine tall spires and lots of carvings.
  • Inspired by ancient wisdom: The architects followed old Hindu design texts to make sure the temple was built in the right way.

It will have three floors:

  • The ground floor will house the sanctum sanctorum, where the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Bharata will be installed.
  • The first floor will be dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
  • The second floor will be a museum showcasing the history and culture of Ayodhya.

The temple complex will also include several smaller shrines dedicated to other Hindu deities, a courtyard, and a pilgrim facilitation center.

Key Architectural Features

  • Pancharatha: The five protruding structures on the main shikhara, symbolizing the five Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata.
  • Mandopa: The octagonal pavilion atop the main shikhara, representing Lord Vishnu’s abode.
  • Amalaka: The stone disc at the pinnacle of the shikhara, symbolizing the cycle of time and eternity.
  • Ratnas: Precious stones embedded in the shikhara, representing divinity and prosperity.

Things to do at Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Seek blessings at the Ram Janmabhoomi:

  • Pay your respects at the makeshift temple where the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Bharata are currently housed.
  • Participate in the ongoing darshan rituals and enjoy the vibes of spiritual atmosphere.
  • You can also offer prayers at the Chabutra, a platform marking the birthplace of Lord Rama.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Ticket Price/Entry Fee

As of today, February 05, 2024, there is no entry fee or ticket price for the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

Timings of Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Main Temple:

Aarti timings:

Shringar/Jagaran Aarti6:30 AM
Bhog Aarti11:30 PM
Sandhya Aarti6:30 PM
Morning DarshanTime
Monday to Saturday7:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday6:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evening DarshanTime
Monday to Saturday2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sunday2:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Other Important timings:

Hanuman Garhi5:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Kanak Bhavan8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kanak Bhavan Aarti8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tulsi Smarak Bhavan10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Nageshwaranath Temple5:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Best Time to Visit Ayodhya Ram Temple

  • Early mornings (6:00 AM – 9:00 AM): Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and witness the Shringar/Jagaran Aarti.
  • Later mornings (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM): Visit Kanak Bhavan and Nageshwaranath Temple.
  • Afternoons (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Relatively fewer crowds.
  • Evenings (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM): Witness the Hanuman Garhi darshan and Sandhya Aarti at the Main Temple.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Photos/Images

Address of Ayodhya Ram Mandir

  • Location: Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh – 224123, India
  • Nearest metro station: Unfortunately, there is no operational metro station in Ayodhya as of February 2024. However, you can easily find taxis, buses, and rickshaws to reach the Ram Janmabhoomi site from Ayodhya city or surrounding areas.
  • Contact Numbers:

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Office: +91-80095-22111 (toll-free)

Pran Pratishtha Helpdesk: +91-5278-299281, 05278299282 (10 AM to 6 PM)

How to Reach Ayodhya Ram Mandir

By Metro

Currently, there isn’t an operational metro station in Ayodhya itself.

By Bus

  • Regular buses are available from major cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, and Prayagraj to Ayodhya.
  • State-run buses like Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and private operators like Vyayam Travels and Royal Travels provide multiple services throughout the day.

By Train

  • Ayodhya Junction (AY) and Faizabad Junction (FD) are the two major railway stations serving the city.
  • Direct trains connect Ayodhya to various cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patna, Allahabad, Mumbai, and Indore.
  • Popular trains include Ayodhya Dham Express, Saryu Yamuna Express, and Awadh Express.

By Flight

  • The nearest airport to Ayodhya is Lucknow International Airport (LKO), around 130 km away and Gorakhpur Airport at a distance of 140 km.
  • You can find direct flights to Lucknow from major Indian cities and connect to Ayodhya by taxi, bus, or train.
  • Other nearby airports are in Varanasi (200 km) and Allahabad (160 km), with connecting flights or road transportation options.

By Road

  • Ayodhya is well-connected by a network of national and state highways.
  • You can drive from nearby cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Varanasi, or Allahabad via NH28, NH330, and NH96.

Parking facility at Ayodhya Ram Mandir

Multi-Storey Parking: Two multi-storey parking facilities have been completed across Ayodhya, named Arundhati Bhawan (constricted in Tezi Bazar) with parking space for over 300 cars and 200 two-wheelers. The second complex provided parking facility for 79 four-wheelers and 132 two-wheelers.  

Additional parking spaces are available at Lakshman Kunj multi-storey parking that provides outdoor parking for 1,000 vehicles.

Divya Ayodhya App: The official Ayodhya app, Divya Ayodhya, provides real-time information on parking availability at various locations. You can also pre-book parking slots through the app.

Places to visit near Ayodhya Ram Mandir

PlaceDescriptionDistance from Ram Mandir
Hanuman Garhi:Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, offering panoramic views of Ayodhya1.5 km
Kanak Bhavan:Beautiful temple adorned with gold work, dedicated to Sita Mata1.8 km
Nageshwaranath Temple:Ancient Shiva temple dating back to the 5th century2.2 km
Ram Ki Paidi:Ghats on the Saryu River, believed to be the bathing place of Lord Rama2.5 km
Tulsi Smarak Bhavan:Museum dedicated to the life and works of Goswami Tulsidas, author of the Ramacharitmanas2.7 km
Guheshwar Mahadev Temple:Ancient cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, with intricate carvings30 km
Faizabad Museum:Archaeological museum showcasing artifacts from the Ayodhya region30 km
Mani Parvat:Hilltop offering panoramic views and a serene atmosphere40 km
Shobhavat Puram:Former summer palace of Nawabs of Faizabad, now a heritage hotel45 km
Kakori:Village known for its role in the Indian freedom struggle, with a museum and memorial50 km

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