Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UP government plans to build 100-meter tall Ram statue in Ayodhya

UP government plans to build 100-meter tall Ram statue in Ayodhya

Yogi Adityanath government has proposed to build a Lord Ram's "grand statue" in Ayodhya, latest reports say. As per reports, the plan to build the grand statue was presented to UP Governor Ram Naik as a measure to promote religious tourism in the state.

Principal secretary Avnish Kumar Awasthi, who is in Ayodhya, said that 100-metre statue is just at the conceptual level and will be on "the pattern of Ram's statue at Bali and statue of Shiva in Mauritius and "may be installed in the future if the appropriate proposal will be obtained".

The installation of the Lord Rama statue is just one of the several steps the UP government is planning to take to promote tourism in Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama.

As per a press communique, the statute will be build at Saryughat after clearance from the National Green Tribunal. The Indian Expressreported that the presentation also included information on programmes scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on 18 October. The program is called "Deepotsav", where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at "Ram ki Paidi", about 2 km from the disputed site. The money for these projects has been partly sanctioned by the Central government.

This move comes after the state government was widely criticised for omitting Taj Mahal in its recent tourism booklet namely 'Uttar Pradesh Paryatan-Apaar Sambhavnayen'.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had met former Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma and had discussed the construction of Ramayana museum in Ayodhya.

After the ceremony, the governor and chief minister will lay the foundation stone for various development projects in the temple town and then participate at the aarti on the banks of Saryu.

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