On Saturday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath honoured the ongoing Deepotsav festivities in Ayodhya, showcasing a vibrant blend of cultural and spiritual enthusiasm. Additionally, he conducted the ‘Aarti’ ceremony, casting a radiant glow over the sacred city.
A total of 2.2 million earthen lamps, known as ‘diyas’, were illuminated on Ram ki Pairi during the Deepotsav celebration. Additionally, an enchanting light-and-sound spectacle is currently being arranged for the evening.
Earlier today, a procession of eighteen tableaux depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Ramcharitmanas, and addressing various social issues took place in Uttar Pradesh as part of the seventh Deepotsav celebration, held on the eve of Diwali. The vibrant procession, featuring captivating performances by folk artists and ‘aartis,’ commenced at Udaya Square and gracefully made its way through the city, culminating at the Ram Katha Park. Uttar Pradesh Minister of Tourism and Culture, Jaiveer Singh, inaugurated the procession, as stated in an official announcement.
The state’s tourism and information departments were responsible for the creation of the tableaux, as stated. The tableaux revolved around different themes such as children’s rights and basic education, women’s safety and welfare, self-reliance, forest and environmental protection, and science and technology. Additionally, they showcased several government initiatives.
The parade showcased floats inspired by the Ramcharitmanas and the Ram Katha, featuring scenes such as the Shabari-Ram Milap and the Lanka Dahan. Dancers and performers from across India participated in the procession, not just those from Uttar Pradesh. Spectators from all over Ayodhya lined the streets to witness the diverse range of folk dances from different states.
The Yogi Adityanath government initiated the Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2017, starting with 51,000 diyas. The number of diyas increased to 4.10 lakh in 2019, over 6 lakh in 2020, and more than 9 lakh in 2021, setting a new Guinness World Record. In 2022, over 17 lakh diyas were lit, but only 15.76 lakh remained lit for five minutes or more, which was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.