Ram Temple Inauguration Day to Be Celebrated as Festival in Rajasthan Schools

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State education department includes the date in the annual festival calendar with plans for special activities.

Team Clarion 

JAIPUR – In a controversial move, the Rajasthan government has released a calendar that includes Ram temple inauguration day as a festival to be celebrated in government schools across the state on January 22. This decision has sparked severe criticism from various quarters.

Preparations are underway to mark Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day in schools, following the consecration of lord Ram’s idol in the sanctum sanctorum of Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22. The Rajasthan School Education Council has recently updated its calendar to include this day among the annual festival days celebrated in schools.

Although the calendar does not specify the exact manner in which this day will be observed, it provides general instructions for festival celebrations. These include discussions about the day’s significance and encouraging students to create artwork depicting its importance.

Rajasthan School Education Minister Madan Dilawar officially launched the new calendar three days ago. His office confirmed the inclusion of Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day in the list of school festivals to IANS.

“This initiative aims to instill a sense of cultural heritage and understanding of significant religious events among students,” stated a spokesperson from the education department. “Through discussions and creative activities, students will learn about the historical and cultural relevance of Ramlala Pran Pratishtha.”

In addition to Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day, the calendar outlines the celebration of Raksha Bandhan in schools. Although Raksha Bandhan falls on Monday, August 19, schools will celebrate it on August 17, as the preceding Sunday would otherwise disrupt the observance. On this day, students will participate in the traditional tying of Raksha Sutra, symbolising the bond of protection.

 Some parents express concerns about the emphasis on religious events in a secular educational institutions.

“The inclusion of Ramlala Pran Pratishtha Day is a step towards promoting cultural awareness among young students,” said Education Minister Madan Dilawar. “We believe it is important for children to understand and appreciate the diverse cultural and religious traditions of our country.”

However, the move has not been without controversy. Critics argue that celebrating religious events in government schools may blur the line between religion and state, raising concerns about the secular nature of the education system.

“The introduction of religious festivals into the school calendar sets a concerning precedent,” said one parent. “Schools should remain a neutral ground where children from all backgrounds feel included and respected.”

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