PM Modi to attend Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya today
Ayodhya, the birthplace of Shri Ram is all decked up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on the eve of Diwali. PM Modi is arriving in the holy city on Sunday evening to attend events at the Deepotsav Mahotsav. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will accompany Prime Minister during his four-hour stay in the city.
PM Modi will perform the darshan and pooja of Bhagwan Shree Ramlala Virajman at around 5 pm. After the prayer session, PM Modi will inspect the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra site. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will show the Prime Minister the ongoing work at the under-construction Ram temple at Ram Janmabhoomi. The Prime Minister will witness a laser show in Ayodhya after paying obeisance to Ram Lalla at Ram Janmabhoomi Temple.
The streets of Ayodhya can be seen with cut-out hoarding pictures of both, PM Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Elaborate security arrangements have been made across Ayodhya for the Prime Minister’s visit.
An official statement by PMO read, “At around 5:45 pm, he will perform the Rajyabhishek of symbolic Bhagwan Shri Ram. Around 6:30 PM, Prime Minister will witness Aarti at New Ghat, Saryu River, which will be followed by the commencement of the grand Deepotsav celebrations by the Prime Minister.”
“All preparations have been made for a special puja ceremony at Ram Janmabhoomi on Prime Minister’s visit,” said Acharya Satyendra Das, the head priest.
The Prime Minister will also attend the event at Ram Katha Park where the symbolic coronation of Lord Ram and Sita will take place. He will, thereafter, light the first earthen lamp at the majestic Ram Ki Paidi ghat. The Prime Minister will also attend Saryu aarti.
Around 15 lakh diyas have been laid at Ram Ki Paidi and 37 other ghats. The Ayodhya administration will try to set a new Guinness World Record by lighting 15 lakh diyas at these ghats, the sixth edition of Deepotsav. Another three lakh diyas will be lit at important intersections and spots.
The Ayodhya administration set a world record by lighting 9,41,551 diyas at Deepotsav last year. But this record was broken on Mahashivratri on the banks of the Shipra at Ujjain by lighting 11,71,78 diyas.
A laser show portraying several scenes of the Ramayan will be presented before Prime Minister Modi and Yogi Adityanath at Ram Ki Paidi ghat on Sunday. The Ayodhya administration has decided to present eight laser shows, each of 25 minutes, for local people after Modi leaves Ayodhya.
These will start at 9 p.m. and continue till 1 a.m. The shows will be presented on Diwali on October 24 as well.
This will be PM Modi’s second visit to Ayodhya as Prime Minister. He presided over ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram temple on August 5, 2020.
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