5.51 lakh lamps to be lit by UP government at Ayodhya this Diwali

Uttar Pradesh government is preparing to celebrate Diwali in a unique way, by lighting 5.51 lakh earthen lamps at Ram ki Paidi ghats in Ayodhya in strict compliance with the coronavirus guidelines. .This is the fourth ‘Deepotsav’ organised by the government in Ayodhya.

Several people on Thursday decorated the venue with diyas, paintings and rangolis for ‘Deepotsav’, which will be held from November 11 to 13. Hassan Ali, a local artist at the venue said, “We have come here to celebrate Deepotsav. I like working here. I have designed several jhankis (tableaus).”

A local painter said, “I have painted all the tableaus with bright colours. We are being paid for our work. We feel happy working for this event.”

More than 100 workers dedicated for the preparation of 11 tableaus. Colourful tableau and various traditional dances are performed at the Shobha Yatra. The yatra will be followed by the Deepotsav on the Ram Janmabhoomi site.

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“As per the directions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deepotsav 2020 that will be held in Ayodhya, there are arrangements for virtual Deepotsav. Due to COVID-19, devotees who are unable to reach Ayodhya will be able to light a lamp in front of Sri Ram Lala Virajman through the website,” a tweet from the Office of Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh had said.

The state government is also developing a web portal to facilitate virtual lighting of diyas at Ayodhya this year, to prevent people from crowing the area. This is being done as it is marked as a significant year for a section of the Hindu community and devotees of Lord Ram with the bhoomi pujan of the Ram temple being initiated in August this year.

In addition to this, the Lalit Kala Akademi will exhibit 25 Lord Ram statues on the theme Jan Jan Ke Ram (or Lord Ram for every person) in Ayodhya on Friday ahead of the festival of lights.

The unique idols of Lord Shree Ram, built at Laxmanpur in Ayodhya, the city of Lord Ram, will fascinate Ram devotees.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the exhibition on the day. It will be held at Ram Katha Park and one can see expressions of love, kindness, love of Lord Shri Ram in the artworks prepared by sculptors from Kanpur, Banaras, Prayagraj, Mathura, Lucknow.

The famous episodes of Ramayana like Ahilya Deliverance, Kevat episode, Darshan of unique forms of Rama, Ram Laxman Prem, Bharat Milap will be displayed as sculptures shielded in fiber, terracotta, and wood in the exhibition, under which Shri Ram’s messages will be conveyed to the people.


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