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Ram Mandir: Virat Kohli to join Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni in attending 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony in Ayodhya

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Tendulkar, Dhoni and Kohli will be representing the cricket fraternity at the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony on Monday, 22 January in Ayodhya.

Both Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been invited to the Ram Mandir 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony that takes place in Ayodhya on 22 January. Image credit: X

MS Dhoni has been invited alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli for the Ram Mandir ‘Pran Pratistha’ ceremony in Ayodhya on Monday, 22 January.

Dhananjay Singh, a senior member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was present at Dhoni’s residence at his hometown of Ranchi to hand over the invitation for the Chennai Super Kings captain. BJP organising secretary Karmaveer Singh was also present for Dhoni’s invitation.

“We handed over the invitation card to him (Dhoni) on behalf of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22,” Singh told PTI on Monday, exactly a week before the consecration ceremony.

“As many as 16 distinguished personalities including senior BJP leader and Padma Bhusan Karia Munda, Padma Shri Mukund Nayak, Padma Shri archer Deepika Kumari, AJSU Party chief Sudesh Mahto have been invited for the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya,” he added.

Kohli, the only active player out of the three cricketers meanwhile, became the latest to be invited for the consecration ceremony. The former India captain is currently participating in the T20I series against Afghanistan, in which he made his return to the shortest format after more than a year.

After helping India win the second T20I in Indore, Kohli reportedly went back to Mumbai to receive the invite at his residence. Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, who is married to Kohli, has also been invited.

Besides Tendulkar, Dhoni and Kohli, business tycoons Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, celebrated actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Maduri Dixit and former India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are some of the notable invitees to the ceremony that will be led by PM Narendra Modi.

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Published on: January 16, 2024 18:42:31 IST

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