The holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh celebrated Deepotsav with great grandeur on Saturday, illuminating its ghats with lakhs of earthen lamps. On the eve of Diwali, the temple town, which is located on the bank of the Saryu River, broke its own world record with 22.23 lakh diyas lit simultaneously across 51 ghats.
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Ayodhya began celebrating Deepotsav on a large scale after the Yogi Adityanath-led government came to power in 2017. In that year, about 51,000 diyas were lit, and the number increased to 4.10 lakh in 2019, 6 lakh in 2020, and more than 9 lakh in 2021.
In 2022, more than 17 lakh diyas were lit across the ghats of Ram ki Pairi. However, the Guinness Book of World Records only considered those diyas that remained lit for five minutes or more, and the record was set at 15,76,955.
Earlier in the day, a procession of eighteen tableaux themed on the Ramayana, the Ramcharitmanas, and various social issues was taken out ahead of the Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. The procession was flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Minister of Tourism and Culture Jaiveer Singh from Udaya Square and passed through various parts of the city before reaching Ram Katha Park.
The tableaux highlighted issues such as children’s rights and basic education, women’s safety and welfare, self-reliance, protection of forest and environment, and science and technology. They also showcased different government initiatives.
This year’s celebrations are said to be special as the construction work of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is in full swing. The much-awaited inauguration of the Ram Mandir is scheduled to take place on January 22, 2024, and will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.