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UP CM Yogi Adityanath attends 'Deepotsav' in Ayodhya; 5.51 lakh diyas lit to celebrate Diwali

The Yogi government also launched several schemes worth Rs 226 crore on the occasion.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath attends 'Deepotsav' in Ayodhya; 5.51 lakh diyas lit to celebrate Diwali

AYODHYA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath on Saturday attended the annual Diwali event 'Deepotsav' in Ayodhya during which nearly 5.51 lakh diyas or earthen lamps were illuminated to celebrate the festival. 

Besides the UP CM, state's Governor Anandiben Patel, Deputy Speaker of Republic of Fiji Veena Bhatnagar and other ministers also attended the event.

The Yogi government also launched several schemes worth Rs 226 crore on the occasion.

According to the UP government spokesman, a tableau procession of Lord Rama was organised ahead of Deepotsav, which started from Saket College and concluded at Ramkatha Park in which artists from various countries also performed. 

The Chief Minister arrived in Ayodhya to overview the procession between 3:45 pm and 4 pm, according to reports.

Thereafter, a symbolic descent of Lord Rama and Seeta took place.

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Around 6.20 pm a grand aarti was performed at the banks of Saryu river and around 6.45 pm, diyas or earthen lamps were lit. 

Ram Leela from seven countries was one of the main attractions and around 2,500 children artistically reproduced Lord Rama’s life events, his bow and arrow, and pictures.

The whole program was declared as “state fair” and the government reportedly spend Rs 133 crore on the event.

The UP government has popularised 'Deepotsav' as “an international” event.

Artists from different states like Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan had gathered in Ayodhya for several planned celebratory events, according to ANI.

The Ayodhya district administration was also given a certificate by the Guinness Book of World Records for breaking last year’s record of illuminating 300,100 earthen lamps on the banks of the Saryu river by lighting 551,000 earthen lamps across the pilgrim town this year.

Local seers have been roped in to help light the lamps at hundreds of temples located in the town’s narrow lanes.

Residents of the area and a large number of tourists had flocked to the city in large numbers for the grand Deepotsav celebrations.