PM Modi starts special religious exercise preceding temple consecration

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday began a special 11-day religious exercise preceding the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22, as he spoke about experiencing feelings like never before in his life.

“I am emotional. I am overwhelmed with emotions. For the first time in life, I am experiencing such feelings,” he said, noting that the dream which many generations carried in their hearts like a resolve will be witnessed by him as it is being realised.

The inner journey he is undergoing can only be felt and not expressed, Modi said in an audio message, adding that he is unable to articulate with words the depth, expanse and intensity of the feelings.

The prime minister said it is a sacred occasion for all Indians and Lord Ram’s devotees and that everyone is waiting for the historic moment on January 22 when the idol of Ram will be consecrated at what is believed by followers as his birthplace.

He said it is his good fortune that he will be a witness to this auspicious occasion.

He said God has chosen him as an instrument to represent all Indians during the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ exercise and that he is undertaking the 11-day special religious exercise keeping this in mind.

“I seek blessing from people,” he said on X.

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