The Founder of the Sivananda World Peace Foundation, Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu joined the world and Bharat on the 22nd of January 2024 at the Zululand yacht club to celebrate the historic milestone of the Shri Ram Mandir Pran Pratishta stapana ceremoney . Some 800 community members joined in celebration with colourful festive lights across the venue on the banks of the India ocean. 

To mark this occasion a floating platform was erected on the Indian ocean which connects the people of South Africa and India. Shri Ram and the entire Ram Parivar (family) was be placed on the floating platform with colorful lights and flowers as it floated on the Indian ocean. members of the public was afforded the opportunity to offer flowers and light clay lamps. High profiled Dignitaries gave their glowing tribute to Lord Rama. Amongst the dignitaries were, His worship the Mayor of King Cetshwayo District Municipality, Cllr Thami Ntulu, His worship the Mayor of Umfolozi local Municipality, Cllr Xolani Bhengu, His Worship the Deputy Mayor of the City of Umhlatuze, Cllr Christo Botha and Sri Radhika Jivan of Iskcon .  

A grand display of Zulu and Indian music and dance was performed highlighting the spirit of oneness and togetherness in honour of Lord Rama. Music and dance will be performed in a grand celebration as a community.

The Ayodhya Temple inauguration holds utmost significance for Hindus worldwide, a milestone reached after the successful culmination of a decades-long movement for the construction of the temple on the birthplace of Lord Ram. The inauguration marks a new era of spiritual significance and economic prosperity for the city of Ayodhya. The Ayodhya Temple inauguration is a historic event that transcends religion and marks a significant chapter in India's cultural and spiritual landscape said prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu

“It is my understanding that the significance of the opening of the landmark Hindu temple in India has transcended time and space, with millions of people celebrating this milestone in many countries across the globe. I take extreme pleasure in joining the festivities to celebrate the construction of the symbolic home of Lord Ram, who is worshipped as a deity by Hindus all over the world. It gives me pride to join the Sivananda World Peace Foundation during such a momentous occasion when we celebrate with our Hindu brothers and sisters. The coming together of the Hindu community in Richards Bay to celebrate

this historic milestone in India and the world is applauded. The Diwali that we celebrate and participate in yearly is a clear indication that Hindus take pride during this official opening of the Ram Ayodhya Temple. Diwali is a celebration of the victory of Lord Ram over the forces of evil and his triumphant return to Ayodhya, where many lamps were lit to light his way home. The festival of lights brings about a new dawn in the world and our district. We are happy that the Sivananda World Peace Foundation is celebrating this event in King Cetshwayo District where we are such a diverse nation and rich in culture”, said Cllr Thami Ntuli, King Cetshwayo District Mayor

“South Africa has many different cultures and traditions. This makes us such a colorful and vibrant country. We are indeed very happy to be part of this worldwide event being held in our city. The inauguration of the Ram Ayodhya Mandir after 500 years in India will go down in history. We rejoice with the Hindu community in the City of Umhlatuze and South Africa at large. We Salute the Prime minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi for his vision in preserving the rich heritage of India. Indeed, we must celebrate each other’s diversity and traditions as a nation said Deputy Mayor of the City of Umhlatuze “, Cllr Christo Botha.

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