Ayodhya Ram Mandir Day in Canadian Cities
In anticipation of the Pran Pratishtha (consecration) ceremony at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024, Canadian cities Oakville and Brampton have officially declared this day as “Ayodhya Ram Mandir Day.” Mayors Rob Burton and Patrick Brown, recognizing the deep-rooted aspirations of the Hindu community, highlight the cultural, religious, and historical significance of this event, celebrating the revered god Ram.
Oakville Mayor’s Proclamation
Expressing the immense importance of the Ram Temple inauguration, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton’s proclamation emphasizes the event’s cultural and religious significance for Hindus worldwide. He encourages all residents to join in commemorating this historic day, celebrating the values of peace, unity, and cultural diversity represented by the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.
Global Significance of Ayodhya Ram Mandir Inauguration
The inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holds immense cultural and historical importance. Beyond India, the global Hindu community, including Indian Americans, is actively participating in various events to mark this historic occasion.
Ram Temple Celebrations in the United States
Temples across the United States are gearing up for celebrations related to the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Events, such as the recitation of the holy scripture Sundar Kanda and Ramcharitmanas, have already commenced, with the Hindu community participating in these festivities.
Sundar Kanda Recitation
Sundar Kanda, a chapter in the Ramayana, focuses on Hanuman rather than Rama and is believed to ward off ailments, anxieties, and mental suffering. This sacred recitation is an integral part of the pre-celebration events in the United States.
Composed by the sixteenth-century devotional saint Tulsidas, Ramcharitmanas offers a simplified narrative of the events of the Ramayana. Its recitation adds a spiritual dimension to the celebrations, connecting the community with the revered story of Lord Ram.
Nationwide Commemoration in the United States
Approximately 1,000 temples across the United States are organizing a myriad of events to commemorate the historic inauguration of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. These events include car rallies, cultural programs, and religious ceremonies, creating a vibrant tapestry of celebrations.
The celebrations in the United States will feature music, dance, and the distribution of divine offerings (prasad), creating an atmosphere of joy and spiritual fervor. The cultural programs aim to bring the community together to honor this significant moment in Hindu history.