Why Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Not Attend Ayodhya’s Historical Event Today?

Sports luminaries like Saina Nehwal, Anil Kumble, and Venkatesh Prasad join PM Modi at Ayodhya’s Lord Ram Temple opening. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni miss the event ahead of India vs England Test series.

Inauguration of Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya

On Monday, January 22, the Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya was inaugurated, marked by the completion of the Pran Prathistha ceremony conducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was graced by the presence of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and several prominent personalities from across India. Notable attendees included Bollywood legends such as Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Superstar Rajinikanth. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar also flew from Mumbai to Ayodhya to participate in the Udghatan ceremony of Ram Lalla’s idol.

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Among other sports personalities present were badminton superstar Saina Nehwal, spin-bowling legend and former captain Anil Kumble, and former fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad. Despite invitations extended to modern-day cricket greats like captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, they opted to skip the event, possibly due to the upcoming India vs England Test series.

Rohit Sharma was spotted practising in Mumbai, while the rest of the squad, including Virat Kohli, was reported to be in Hyderabad, gearing up for the series starting on January 25 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Even former India captain MS Dhoni received an invitation but did not attend, and the reason for his absence remains unknown.

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Turning to the Ayodhya temple, it stands as a stunning architectural marvel, soon to be open to the public. Constructed in the traditional Nagara style, the temple boasts dimensions of 380 feet in length (east-west), 250 feet in width, and 161 feet in height. Supported by 392 pillars and featuring 44 doors, the temple’s pillars and walls intricately depict sculptures of Hindu deities. The main sanctum sanctorum on the ground floor houses the idol of Shri Ramlalla, representing the childhood form of Bhagwan Shri Ram.

Situated on the eastern side, the main entrance is accessed by ascending 32 stairs through the Singh Dwar. The temple comprises five halls: Nritya Mandap, Rang Mandap, Sabha Mandap, Prathana Mandap, and Kirtan Mandap.