Ayodhya, 12th September 2023: The first contingent of the Special Security Force (SSF) has arrived in Ayodhya to bolster security measures for the revered Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. Comprising a total of 280 soldiers distributed across three companies, this specialized force was welcomed by Ayodhya’s Area Officer, SP Gautam, upon their arrival on Monday night.

According to SP Gautam, the SSF personnel will undergo intensive training for a duration of ten days before being deployed. These forces, in collaboration with personnel from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), will be responsible for safeguarding both the inner and outer complexes surrounding Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. Ayodhya is slated to receive a total of six SSF companies, with the initial three companies now in place.

The consecration of Shri Ram Lalla temple is scheduled for January 2024, and preparations for this significant event are already in full swing. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, overseeing these preparations, has been working in conjunction with local authorities to arrange security and crowd control measures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the Pran Pratistha ceremony, necessitating enhanced security measures in advance.

Champat Rai, the General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, disclosed on September 4 that the statue of Ramlala within the sanctum sanctorum of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple will stand at 51 inches in height, depicting Lord Ram in his child form. The statue will be positioned as a standing child on a lotus pedestal within the sanctum sanctorum. The date for the consecration ceremony, occurring between Makar Sankranti and January 26, will be finalized following discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The temple complex is also set to accommodate up to 25,000 devotees simultaneously, with plans for a pilgrim service center, a hospital, and comprehensive amenities such as toilets, electricity, water supply, lockers, and seating arrangements. Importantly, no fees will be charged for devotees visiting for aarti and darshan.