Acharya Lakshmikant Dikshit, who led the consecration ceremonies of the Ram Temple, has passed away

Acharya Laxmikant Dixit, the chief priest who presided over the Prana Pratishtha rituals of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, passed away on Saturday. Acharya Laxmikant Dixit was 86 years old. He was the leader of organizing ceremonies in Ayodhya. Dixit was ill for the last few days, family members said.

His last rites will be performed at Manikarnik Ghat. Dixit played a crucial role in the consecration ceremony of the Sri Rama idol at the Ayodhya temple on January 22 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recognized as one of the senior scholars of Varanasi, Dixit hailed from the Solapur district of Maharashtra. The family has been living in Varanasi for several generations.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over Dixit’s demise. In an ‘X’ post, Adityanath said that the passing away of Acharya Sri Laxmikant Dixit, the Mahapandit of Kashi and the chief priest of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Prana Pratishtha, is an irreparable loss to the spiritual and literary world.

“He will always be remembered for his service to the Sanskrit language and Indian culture,” Adityanath added. I pray to Lord Rama to grant the departed soul a place at his feet and give strength to his disciples and followers to bear this.