Renowned actors Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia, and Sunil Lahri, who are best known for their iconic portrayals of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxman respectively in the popular TV series Ramayan, visited Ayodhya on January 17 ahead of the Ram Temple’s ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony. The trio, along with several other celebrities, have been invited for the inauguration of the Ram Temple which is set to take place on January 22.
In a video that has gained significant attention, the trio was seen strolling in customary clothing. Dipika was dressed in a crimson saree, while Arun and Sunil were dressed in traditional yellow kurtas. Additionally, the actors are speculated to have filmed a music album titled ‘Humare Ram Aayenge’, featuring a song sung by Sonu Nigam, which has been shot at various significant locations in Ayodhya.
During their visit, Arun Govil expressed his belief that the Ram temple in Ayodhya will serve as a symbol of the nation’s heritage and cultural strength. He emphasized that the temple will not only be a source of pride and inspiration but also a means of reviving and promoting the country’s rich cultural values globally.
Sunil Lahiri conveyed his gratitude for being able to participate in the Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav, stating that it has created a positive and religious atmosphere in the country that will resonate globally. He also highlighted the teachings of Ramayana, emphasizing the importance of living with dignity and the values espoused by Lord Ram.
Similarly, Dipika Chikhlia expressed her belief that the love and admiration for the characters of Ramayana will endure even after the construction of the Ram temple, emphasizing the lasting impact of Ram Lala’s life being consecrated.
The ‘Pran Pratistha’ event in Ayodhya is expected to see the participation of over 7,000 individuals, including politicians, industrialists, saints, and celebrities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. The seven-day rituals leading up to the event will commence in Ayodhya, with the installation of the idol of Ram Lalla crafted by the talented artist Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru.
➤➤ What is the ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony?
The ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony is a consecration ritual in Hinduism where the divine spirit is invoked into a murti (idol) or deity, bringing it to life within the temple. For the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony symbolizes the installation and divine consecration of the idol of Lord Ram (Ram Lalla).
➤➤ Who were the actors from Ramayan who visited Ayodhya?
Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia, and Sunil Lahri, widely recognized for their portrayal of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxman, respectively, in Ramanand Sagar’s TV series Ramayan, visited Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Temple’s ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony.
➤➤ What are the significance and purpose of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya?
The Ram Temple in Ayodhya holds great significance for Hindus as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. The construction and consecration of the temple are a long-standing and deeply emotional aspiration of many Hindu devotees. The temple is seen as a symbol of cultural and religious identity and a testament to the heritage and faith of the Hindu community.
The visit of the Ramayan actors to Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Temple’s ‘Pran Prathishtha’ ceremony has generated considerable enthusiasm and anticipation. Their expressions of reverence and regard for the temple, as well as the lasting impact of the Ramayana, highlight the deep cultural and spiritual significance associated with this historic event. The installation of the idol at the Ram Temple is a momentous occasion that holds immense meaning for millions of devotees and marks a significant milestone in the cultural and spiritual landscape of India.