Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav recently initiated a significant gesture by flagging off trucks loaded with 500,000 ‘laddus’ as ‘prasad’ for the upcoming Pran-Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22. Last week, Yadav had announced the dispatch of 500,000 laddus from Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple to Ayodhya. The Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee promptly prepared these delectable sweets for the auspicious occasion.
The laden trucks reached Manas Bhawan in Bhopal early on Friday, where CM Yadav ceremoniously flagged them off to their destination in Ayodhya. These laddus, crafted from besan (gram flour), rava, ghee, and dry fruits, symbolize the reverence and devotion of Baba Mahakal.
During the event, CM Yadav shared historical insights, asserting that Ayodhya’s foundation, as we recognize it today, dates back 2,000 years to the era of Emperor Vikramaditya. He claimed that the original temple was constructed by Emperor Vikramaditya.
Expressing joy over the restoration of glory days, CM Yadav remarked, “Lord Ram is returning to his birthplace and will be enthroned in the ‘Sanctum Santorum’ of the temple.” He conveyed gratitude for the symbolic gesture, stating, “Baba Mahakal is sending five lakh laddus from here as a symbol of his love.”
The State and Center governments have been leaving no stone unturned in making sure there are no logistical hiccups in the opening ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, and post that as well. For instance, the Director of Urban Transport announced to roll out 150 intra-city electric buses in Ayodhya for the upcoming Ram Mandir consecration ceremony. GreenCell Mobility, a leading electric mobility solutions provider, has been chosen for the same.
Scheduled to operate from mid-January to the end of February, including the day of the ceremony. The fleet will not only cater to an estimated 2 million devotees but also has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding over 600 tonnes of tailpipe emissions per month as Ayodhya gets ready to welcome over 2.5 crore devotees until March 2024.
On the other hand, the BJP leaders in Karnataka have arranged six special trains from different parts of the State to transport devotees to Ayodhya.