earthen lamp. Soon, 18 lakh diyas lit up the venue, where a laser show was also conducted as Modi performed aarti on the riverbank and said Ram was a beacon who gave light to the whole world.
“From the teachings of ‘Kartavya Bal’ by Lord Shri Ram, we have come up with ‘Kartavya Path’ to honour his governance and establish our identity globally,” he said, adding that there was a time when Ayodhya was compared to paradise, and that after decades of negligence Ayodhya was finally touching new heights now when it comes to development.
“Earlier, questions were raised on Lord Ram’s existence… today thousands of crores are being spent on the development of Ayodhya,” he said. The prime minister performed the rajyabhishek of the symbolic Ram and Sita at the event, where he addressed a gathering of what he called “Ram bhakts”.
He wished everyone a happy Diwali while Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya started six years ago through the guidance and inspiration of PM Modi. “This festival of UP became a festival of the country. Today, it is touching new heights of success,” he added.
Modi offered prayers to Ram Lalla at the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi site and inspected the Ram temple construction site during his visit. He will also take part in the lighting of lakhs of earthen lamps on the banks of River Sarayu.
When he arrived in Ayodhya, he was received by Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel. This is Modi’s first visit to Ayodhya after laying the foundation stone for the temple in 2020. It is for the first time that he will be physically participating in the Deepotsav celebrations.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made across Ayodhya for PM Modi’s visit.
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