India PM Modi sleeping on floor, consuming only coconut water ahead of Pran Pratishtha: Report

Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration. File image (Credit: PIB)

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New Delhi/IBNS/CMEDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is observing an 11-day ‘anusthan’ (special ritual) ahead of the Pran Pratishtha (consecration) of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

He is sleeping on the floor and consuming only coconut water as part of the rituals, reported India Today.

The Prime Minister, who initiated the ritual on January 12, expressed his gratitude for being able to witness the “historic” and “auspicious” occasion of the Pran Pratishtha.

He said that he sees himself as a chosen instrument of God to represent all Indians during this religious exercise and is undertaking the 11-day special ritual with this purpose in mind.

The report cited officials, who said PM Modi will follow ‘Yam Niyam’ for 11 days and has decided to strictly go by the scriptures.

‘Yam Niyam’ is a set of rigorous practices, including elements such as yoga, meditation, and disciplined living for those who adhere to it.

Officials said that Prime Minister Modi already follows many of these disciplines in his daily routine, the report added.

This includes waking up before sunrise at an auspicious time, engaging in meditation, and adhering to a ‘satvik’ diet.

The Prime Minister has also decided to observe a fast with strict austerities for 11 days, said the officials.

Consecration is defined as the manifestation of divine consciousness in the idol of the deity. The scriptures offer guidelines for the rules of fasting preceding the consecration ceremony.