New Delhi: In a move celebrating the highly anticipated consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the Central Government has announced a half-day holiday for all its offices and institutions across the country on January 22nd, 2024. This special gesture recognizes the immense religious, historical, and cultural significance of the occasion for millions of Hindus in India.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh confirmed the decision, stating that the overwhelming sentiments surrounding the event prompted the half-day closure. An official order specifies that all central government offices, institutions, and industrial establishments will remain closed until 2:30 PM on January 22nd, enabling employees to join and partake in the nation’s celebration.
This decision follows suit with similar moves at the state level, with several states declaring holidays for government and educational institutions. Additionally, the Bar Council of India appealed to the Chief Justice of India for a nationwide holiday on January 22nd, highlighting the event’s profound importance.
Further amplifying the national fervor, Prime Minister Modi unveiled commemorative postage stamps depicting the Ram Temple’s history and key milestones leading to its opening. Meanwhile, the consecration rituals began on Wednesday night with the arrival of Lord Ram’s idol in the temple complex. The idol awaits installation after undergoing purification rituals on Thursday, followed by further blessings and ceremonies in the days to come.
The Ram Temple inauguration marks a culmination of decades of unwavering devotion and a legal journey shaping India’s social and religious landscape. The Central Government’s half-day holiday gesture reflects the national joy and shared sense of historical significance surrounding this momentous occasion. As the nation prepares to witness the temple’s consecration, a wave of celebration and spiritual fulfillment promises to sweep across the country.
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