The consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be held today between 10 am and 12:45 pm IST. The entire nation is ready to witness the Ram Temple ceremony with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm. Ram Temple Trust has invited many dignitaries including sports personalities, politicians and celebrities.
Cricketers to attend Ram Temple ceremony today
Among them, some are sportsmen including notable cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni among others. India head coach Rahul Dravid is also part of this list along with Ravindra Jadeja, legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag and Mithali Raj.
While Rohit Sharma has started preparations for the first India vs England Test in Hyderabad, it was earlier reported that former India captain Virat Kohli took special leave to attend today’s enshrinement ceremony. However, the participation of Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma will only be confirmed once they reach Ayodhya.
Importantly, Dravid, Jadeja and Rohit will be included in the England Test squad. However, it is not clear whether they will also travel to Ayodhya just three days before the first Test match of the five-match series.
Former India captain Anil Kumble and former pacer Venkatesh Prasad have already arrived in Ayodhya.
Other athletes will attend the Ram Temple ceremony
Athletes Neeraj Chopra, Saina Nehwal, Leander Paes, PV Sindhu, PT Usha and legendary chess player Vishwanathan Anand are among those invited and included in the official list.
While shuttler Saina Nehwal and Indian Olympic Association president PT Usha arrived in Uttar Pradesh on the eve of the ceremony, there is no official update on Neeraj Chopra’s participation.
South Africa cricketer expresses wish for Ram Temple ceremony
South African spinner Keshav Maharaj, who also comes from a Hindu family, also extended his wishes to the Indian community in South Africa ahead of the ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony.
“Namaste everyone. I just want to wish my Indian community in South Africa on the inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. May there be peace, harmony and spiritual enlightenment for all. Jai Shree Ram.” the South African said in a video.
– Keshav Maharaj (@keshavmaharaj16) January 21, 2024
First published: January 22, 2024 | 8:58 am IS