Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ram Sita Arrive In Chopper For Yogi Adityanath's Diwali Celebrations In Ayodhya

Ram Sita Arrive In Chopper For Yogi Adityanath's Diwali Celebrations In Ayodhya

By lighting these many lamps the UP government also aimed to set a new world record, reported to be held now by Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda.

UP is aiming at trumping this record with the Ayodhya Divya Deep Utsav, or festival of divine lights, which will be held in the presence of the chief minister, along with a special laser show to show various facets of the Ramayana and global artists to perform the Ramlila.

The oil lamps will be lighted by college students and National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets along three-kilometre stretch which includes Saryu Ghat, Ram Ki Puri Ghat and Ram Katha Park. Diwali celebrations by the state government will begin on Wednesday morning with a "heritage walk" from Kanchan Bhawan in Ayodhya to Nageshwardham at 7 am.

Talking about the celebrations and the importance of the ancient city, CM Yodi said, "Ramayan is 10,000 years old and Ayodhya is an integral part of it".

Some 1.75 lakh diyas or earthen lamps dazzled during the evening aarti on the pink-lit river banks as the Yogi Adityanath, the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple, aimed for a world record. This is the first time that a chief minister is in Ayodhya for the festival that the faithful believe marks Ram's return to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. "This is an environment-friendly event, with oil lamps and a laser show to be organised", CM Adityanath said ahead of the event.

To avoid any glitches, organisers did a full dress rehearsal of the event on Monday. He will also visit the Taj Mahal and attend a programme to promote tourism.

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