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Life of Ram, glimpses of Ram Rajya — what Ayodhya Parv in Delhi will showcase

Union minister Smriti Irani will inaugurate the three-day event that will begin from Friday at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

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New Delhi: Preparations are going on in full swing in the national capital for Ayodhya Parv, an event that will showcase the cultural and spiritual heritage of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram.

The three-day event, beginning Friday, will be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust chairman Nritya Gopal Das will inaugurate the event, said Faizabad (Ayodhya) MP Lallu Singh, one of the main organisers of the event.

The trust’s general secretary Champat Rai will also be present, apart from several RSS leaders and Union ministers.

“Not just Indians, we want to make even foreigners aware of the rich heritage of Ayodhya. Therefore, we’ve invited foreign envoys and representatives of various embassies to the event,” said Singh.

According to the Faizabad MP, the event will not just tell people about Lord Ram, but it will also explain to the visitors the vital aspects of ‘Ram Rajya’ through short videos and seminars.

Apart from this, people will also be made aware about the historical significance of several places around Ayodhya and the rich culture of Awadh region.

Singh said five organisations have come together to organise and finance the event.

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‘Want to connect people with the culture of Ayodhya’

Singh said the event was organised last year too in Delhi, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm among people for the event this time because of the Supreme Court’s judgment on Ayodhya.

“After the Ayodhya decision, there is enthusiasm among people and we want to connect them with the culture of Ayodhya. We will do more such programmes in the future so that people get involved in the temple construction work. We will show people areas from the era of Ramayana,” he added.

“We will portray Ayodhya the way it will look in the future. A grand Ayodhya will be presented to the people through this event,” said Singh.

Visitors will get to know about the historically significant areas in and around Ayodhya and also know about the saints who lived there.

“The idea is to make people know about lord Ram’s life and stories in Ayodhya,” Singh said.

Asked about the significance of this event, one of the organisers echoed Singh’s words.

“After the Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of the Ram Temple and announcement of the formation of a trust for the construction of the temple, there is a great deal of excitement among people,” said the organiser, who didn’t want to be named.

“Due to this, the Ayodhya Parv event has become quite significant. The motive behind holding this event is to make the people of the country and also those living abroad familiar with the legendary Ayodhya and its spiritual-cultural significance.”

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Eye on tourism

According to the organisers, while people know about Lord Ram and the Ayodhya land dispute, not many know about the historically important sites located in the city.

They said the main objective of the event is to create an atmosphere that will encourage people to get involved with the construction of Ram Mandir, before the occasion of Ram Navami on 2 April.

“Ayodhya Parv will not just boost the cultural and mythological significance of the Awadh region, but it will also promote the place for tourism,” a second organiser, who didn’t want to be named, told ThePrint.

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