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