Jan 22, 2024
From night vision devices to CCTV cameras with artificial intelligence (AI), Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya has been secured tightly for the Ram temple consecration ceremony.
Invitees to the pran pratishtha ceremony started arriving yesterday. Once a quiet town, it is now resplendent with new infrastructure and religious fervour,.
Multicoloured flowers bedecked the town, and recordings of 'Ram dhun' played from loudspeakers and people dressed as Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman paraded down the streets.
The main ceremony will begin at 12.20 pm and is expected to end by 1 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will then address a gathering of more than 7,000 people, including seers and prominent personalities, at the venue.
Surveillance drones have been scanning the ground for suspicious activity. Ayodhya's 'yellow zone' has 10,715 AI-based cameras with face-recognition technology.
The new idol of Ram Lalla, sculpted by Arun Yogiraj, was placed inside the temple. The idol shows the Ram Lalla as a five-year-old standing on a lotus, also crafted from the same stone.