Yogi Adityanath addresses the public at Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya Wednesday. Seen alongside are actors dressed as Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Yogi Adityanath addresses the public at Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya Wednesday. Seen alongside are actors dressed as Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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Ayodhya: “We’ll restore the Diwali of the treta yug (when Hindu deity Ram is believed to have lived). And then Ayodhya will become as prosperous as it was then,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Wednesday to a thunderous applause and chants of “Jai Shri Ram” from the audience. 

He was making an address at his government’s showpiece Deepotsav event — a three-day celebration of Diwali — at Ayodhya, which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

The grandeur of the event is a bid to restore the “glory of Ayodhya”, according to the state government. 

The event featured swanky laser shows, a sound-and-light retelling of the story behind Diwali, and the lighting of over 9 lakh diyas in the holy town — 7 lakh on the banks of the Saryu river. 

The government is gearing up to make Ayodhya the most-visited religious pilgrimage site in the world. The chief minister said development projects worth Rs 661 crore have been sanctioned for the town, where the Ram Temple is currently being constructed.

Bhagwan Shree Ram cut out at the Ramkatha Park where Yogi and others bjp leader s gave the speehes | Photo: Praveen Jain |nThePrint
A cut-out of Lord Ram at the Ram Katha Park, where CM Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders gave speeches during the Deepotsav | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs ‘raj tilak’ of two actors dressed as Ram and Sita at Ram Katha Park. Diwali is celebrated in honour of Ram, Sita, and Laxman’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Devotees at the temple | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Devotees celebrate Hanuman Jayanti at the ancient Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya Wednesday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Piligarams from different states doing Darshan at Hanuman Gardi in Ayodhya| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Devotees at the Hanuman Garhi temple | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Actual site of Ramjanmbhmi where Mandir is going to built | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Journalists were given special access to the Ram Janmabhoomi, where the Ram Temple is currently under construction | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Gopal Das trusti of Ram janm Bhumi on the construction site of Ram janm Bhumi where construction is going on | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Gopal Das, a member of the Ramjanmabhoomi trust, which is overseeing the temple construction, said he’s hopeful the mandir will be completed by 2023. That’s in time for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CM Yogi Adityanath arrives | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CM Yogi Adityanath arrives for Deepotsav in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi posters in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi’s posters at the Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People lit diyas in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Over 9 lakh diyas were lit in Ayodhya Wednesday as the UP government aimed for a fresh world record. The majority of these were lit on the banks of the Saryu river | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Ayodhya decorated with lights during Diwali | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Ayodhya decorated with lights for Diwali | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The crowd at Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Crowd gathered for Deepotsav at Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pilgrims at Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Pilgrims arrive for Deepotsav | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At Ram temple construction area | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Cut-outs of Lord Ram at the site of the Ram Temple construction | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Disclosure: ThePrint is in Ayodhya as a guest of the UP government for the event.


Also Read: Construction of Ram Temple a big deal, God chose me to take his legacy forward, says Yogi


 

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