As the festival of Diwali approaches, Ayodhya is buzzing with excitement and preparations for the grand celebration of lights. Since Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took office in Uttar Pradesh, the city of Lord Ram has been a beacon of brilliance during the Ayodhya Deepotsav, a spectacular festival that has been continuously growing in scale and prosperity year after year since its inception in 2017.
In its inaugural Deepotsav, Ayodhya made a global statement by lighting 1,71,000 diyas, setting a remarkable world record. The following year, they surpassed their own achievement by illuminating the city with 3,00,000 diyas. Now, with the enthusiastic participation of 25,000 volunteers from Avadh University, Ayodhya is poised to create history once more, aiming to light an astonishing 2.1 million diyas at 51 ghats across the city. District Magistrate Nitish Kumar predicts that this upcoming festival will be nothing short of extraordinary, transforming Ayodhya into a city aglow with a radiant sea of diyas.
Ayodhya, nestled on the banks of the sacred Saryu River, is renowned worldwide as the birthplace of the revered Lord Ram, often referred to as Maryada Purushottam Ramlala. After centuries of anticipation, on the 22nd of January, Lord Ram is set to grace Ayodhya with his presence. In this historic moment, Prime Minister Modi will preside over the consecration of the divine idol of Ramlala within the grand temple.
Prior to this momentous event, Ayodhya will shine brightly as it hosts the globally celebrated festival of lights. Once again, Ayodhya is poised to dazzle the international stage, this time by establishing a new world record during Deepotsav. This spectacular celebration will be complemented by a rich assortment of cultural programs, enhancing the grandeur of the festivities.
Records made so far in Deepotsav
- 1.71 lakh diyas were lit in 2017
- 3.01 lakh diyas were lit in 2018
- 4.04 lakh diyas were lit in 2019
- 6.06 lakh diyas were lit in 2020
- 9.41 lakh diyas were lit in 2021
- 15.76 lakh diyas were lit in 2022 (Guinness World Record of lamps)
- Target of 21 lakh diyas in 2023
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