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In Ayodhya, a grander Deepotsav this time on Diwali

The UP government is also considering prominent personalities for chief guest on the occasion. Last year, South Korea’s first lady Kim Jung-Sook was invited as the chief guest.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 18, 2019, 07.53 PM IST
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Previous editions of the celebrations under the BJP state government have featured illumination of various temples and monuments, street lighting. (Representational Image)
NEW DELHI: A ‘deepotsav’ (festival of lamps) even grander than the previous two editions will be celebrated by the Yogi Adityanath government in Ayodhya from October 25-27 on the occasion of Diwali.

Amid ongoing court proceedings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, the state government has drawn big plans for the festival which marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

“The government intends to make this mega event grander than the previous two editions,” the UP government’s tourism department has said in a concept note. “We will have a larger deepotsav this time which will extend in a bigger way along the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The Ram Ki Paidi ghat (which is lit up with earthen lamps) will not have still water this time but flowing water. The irrigation department has commissioned a new project for pumping water into the Ram Ki Paidi which is expected to start this time,” Awanish Awasthi, UP’s additional chief secretary (home and tourism), told ET.

The UP government is also considering prominent personalities for chief guest on the occasion. Last year, South Korea’s first lady Kim Jung-Sook was invited as the chief guest.

Previous editions of the celebrations under the BJP state government have featured illumination of various temples and monuments, street lighting, a ‘shobha yatra’ (pageant) of various overseas Ramlila performances, a maha aarti at the ghats of Saryu, a light-and-sound fireworks show on the river and lighting of thousands of earthen oil lamps.

This time, the stage at the amphitheatre-style Ram Katha Park will resemble the “courtroom of a grand palace” where the rajya abhishek (coronation) of the symbolic Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman will be done, followed by their aarti by the CM and local as well as overseas Ramlila performances. Besides, a ‘Ram Darbar’ will be erected at the Ram Ki Paidi ghat, where diyas will be lit and the event will also be observed by the symbolic Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman.

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