On Wednesday, deity Ram Lalla was shifted out of the makeshift temple where he resided for 27 years in a ceremony at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. The ceremony, which took place at around 4.30 am was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The date of the ceremony is significant as it was held on the first day of the nine-day long Navratri festival. The idol was shifted to a pre-fabricated temple within the premises. Adityanath led the ceremony along with several priests from New Delhi, Ayodhya, and Varanasi.
Ram Lalla's idol was atop a palanquin from sanctum sanctorum of the makeshift temple on an auspicious time decided by priests. The chief minister was one of the four people who carried this palanquin to a new location, which is only a few meters away.
On Monday morning, Vedic rituals had started at Ram Janmabhoomi and continued till Tuesday.
Priests from Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, Haridwar, Mathura, Varanasi, and Ayodhya took part in the auspicious rituals. Members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust were also present.
The shifting of the deity marks an auspicious start to the construction of the grand temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi.