Bollywood celebs head to Ayodhya for Ram Mandir ceremony; Big B buys plot in holy city


Bollywood actor Anupam Kher with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country will miss the beloved legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar at the historical ceremony

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Actor Anupam Kher will be attending the Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22. Expressing his excitement, Kher, on Thursday took to X (formerly Twitter) and shared a video in which he can be seen reciting a poem on Lord Ram.

He also penned a long note in Hindi which reads, “Jai Shri Ram! I will represent my ancestors and especially my grandfather Pandit Amarnath ji in Ayodhya on 22nd January! All of them dreamed of establishing Ram temple! All my Kashmiri Hindu brothers and sisters will be with me in spirit!”

“Shri Ram Lalla’s return to Ayodhya instills the confidence that anyone who has left one of his Avadhpuri somewhere, will surely find it one day. It is the blessings of Shri Ram that I got the opportunity to participate in this historic event, and I have got an opportunity to share this happiness with you. I will pray for you all too,” he added.

Several Bollywood celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, Tiger Shroff, Jackie Shroff, Hariharan, Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda, Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli have also received the invitation for the Ram Mandir ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony in Ayodhya.

Vedic rituals for the Pran-Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya began on Tuesday, a week before the main ceremony. General secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Champat Rai said the Ram temple will be open for ‘darshan’ for the general public from January 23.

“The ‘Pran Prathishtha’ is expected to conclude by 1 pm. PM Modi and others present on the occasion will express their thoughts after the ceremony. As per tradition, gifts in 1000 baskets have come from Nepal’s Janakpur and areas of Mithila. On Jan 20 and 21 darshan will remain closed to public,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started an 11-day special ritual in the run-up to the Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ramlala at the temple at Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that megastar Amitabh Bachchan has bought a 10,000-square-feet plot in Ayodhya. On Big B buying plot in Ayodhya, Shanti Bhushan Choubey, Ayodhya Registrar told ANI, “In ‘agreement to sale’, two documents have been presented…it is 10,000 square feet plot, transaction of Rs 9 crore has been done…second party Amitabh Bachchan, who has given agreement to purchase, his attorney Rajesh Yadav has executed it”

Ahead of the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony at Ayodhya Ram Temple on January 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country will miss the beloved legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. PM Modi took to social media platform X to state “As the nation awaits January 22 with great enthusiasm, one of the people who will be missed is our beloved Lata Didi.”

Sharing a shloka sung by her, PM Modi said it was the last recording by Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away at the age of 92 on February 6 in the year 2022.

“As the nation awaits 22nd January with great enthusiasm, one of the people who will be missed is our beloved Lata Didi. Here is a Shlok she sung. Her family told me that it was the last Shlok she recorded. #ShriRamBhajan.”

He also shared the link of the shlok, ‘Shree Ramarpan, Mata Ramo Matpita Ramchandrah.’

Born on September 28, 1929, the contribution of the ‘Nightingale of India’ to music is unforgettable. Her voice echoed in every corner of the country and continues to create the same magic, even after she is no more.

The legendary singer ruled the music industry for decades.

Throughout her career, she has won numerous awards and honours. She received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

She was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001. In 2007, France made her an Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the country’s highest civilian award.

She was the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards before declining further ones, two Filmfare Special Awards, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, amongst others.

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