Ayodhya celebrates Ram's homecoming, lights 5.84 lakh ‘diyas' to break record

On the banks of the Saryu bank, the chief minister performed an ‘aarti’. He then lit a 'diya' at Ram ki Paidi, which was immediately followed by volunteers lighting up earthen lamps laid out on the riverbank.

PTI | Ayodhya | Updated: 13-11-2020 21:33 IST | Created: 13-11-2020 21:33 IST
Ayodhya celebrates Ram's homecoming, lights 5.84 lakh ‘diyas' to break record

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday went all out in marking the homecoming of Lord Ram to this holy town – the mythical event in 'treta yug' on which the festival of Diwali is based. Along the way, the organisers broke a world record. As dusk fell, volunteers lit up nearly six lakh ‘diyas’ lined up on the Saryu riverbank.

"Representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records witnessed this grand festival. With 5,84,372 earthen lamps, the event made the world record," a state government statement said. The “Deepotsav” included the reenactment of the arrival of God Ram and Goddess Sita to Ayodhya on their 'pushpak viman', a laser and sound show, cultural programmes and the lighting of a “record” 5.51 lakh earthen lamps on the banks of the Saryu.

Actors representing the deities of Ram, Sita and Lakshman descended in a helicopter that sprinkled rose petals – a modern take on the ‘pushpak viman’ that brought Lord Ram back home after 14 years in exile. The deities were received by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

This was the fourth annual Ayodhya Deepotsav, and the first since the ‘bhoomi pujan’ in August for a Ram temple in the city. Its construction has begun following last year’s Supreme Court verdict that settled the temple-mosque land dispute. The CM and the Governor visited the Ram Mandir site along with other UP and some bureaucrats.

Adityanath gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi the credit for the just-begun construction of the Ram Mandir. "Our generation is not only fortunate to see the start of construction of a Ram temple here but we also attended the historic event,” he said, adding that generations of seers died without the dream being realised.

“I thank PM Modi, who is the one who implemented the ideology of Ram Rajya," Adityanath said in his speech to about 1,000 guests at the Ram Katha Park. With COVID-19 protocols in place, the event was not open to the public.

He said when people in Ayodhya used to ask him about the construction of the temple, he would just tell them to trust Modi. He said it is Modi’s dream to develop Ayodhya as the “Vedic Ramayana city”.

The celebrations began in the afternoon with a “coronation procession” for Lord Ram starting from Saket College for the riverbank five kilometers away. Eleven tableaux, built around themes from the Ramayana, participated. In the evening, 11,000 earthen lamps lit up the Ram temple site. On the banks of the Saryu bank, the chief minister performed an ‘aarti’.

He then lit a 'diya' at Ram ki Paidi, which was immediately followed by volunteers lighting up earthen lamps laid out on the riverbank. Officials said there were about 1,000 volunteers to do the job, and aiming to create a new Guinness World Record by lighting at least 5.51 lakh `diyas’.

The final count was about 33,000 more than this, the government said later. Last year, they lit a record 4,10,000 ‘diyas’, the then new record. Adityanath on Friday said the target next year should be 7.51 lakh.

Eight teams of folk dancers were invited to perform at the Deepotsav. "We did rehearsals for over two weeks before coming to Ayodhya," said Vishal, a member of a troupe from Jhansi.

Anuradha, a folk dancer from Mathura, said, “We are very excited that we are performing on the streets of Ayodhya, the city of Lord Ram.” Before the event, state government officials had listed out development projects for Ayodhya – some of them new, but many already in the pipeline. These include an international airport and widening of roads to other cities.

The authorities plan to expand the Ram Katha Park, build a Ramlila Centre and carry out beautification of Ram ki Paidi. Also planned are a modern bus stand, a sewage treatment plant and a multi-level parking lot.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

The use of blockchain in healthcare is a relatively new innovation with many of its uses still being explored and related technologies being developed, improved, and scaled. ...

Debate surrounding vaccine passports and development misses bigger picture

... ...

Blockchain vs IOTA: Looking for a better alternative

... ...

For stability, Iraq needs to crack down on corruption

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Taiwan warns COVID alert level could rise, but not yet, shares tumble

Taiwan reported its largest daily rise in domestic COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while the stock market tanked after the health minister warned the island could move to a higher alert level, though he later clarified that step was not immine...

Himalayan red fox's subspecies spotted in Uttarakhand

A subspecies of the Himalayan red fox was spotted here at a height of 3,000 metres, officials said on Wednesday.The variety, known as Vulpes Vulpes griffithi, was seen in Bhujani and Khaliya Top areas of Munsiyari at an elevation of 3,000 m...

I haven't done a massy film before: Disha Patani on 'Radhe'

Working on a film is a time-consuming process and that is why actor Disha Patani believes one has to really be excited about the projects they take up.The fun element in Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai, along with director Prabhudheva and Bolly...

Pharmaceutical market reports strong growth in April: Ind-Ra

India Ratings and Research Ind-Ra has said the 51.5 per cent year-on-year growth in Indias pharmaceutical market during April was led by a low base effect as the market declined by 10.2 per cent in April 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdown. The g...

Give Feedback