Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is all set to begin his visit to Ayodhya on the occasion of Diwali 2022, will attend the ‘Deepotsav’ celebrations on Sunday after offering prayers to Lord Ram at the under-construction Ram Janmabhoomi temple.
During the Deepotsav Mahotsav, around 18 lakh earthen lamps will be lit today as part of Diwali celebrations that will also include fireworks, a laser show, and the staging of Ramlilas.
As per PTI reports, Ayodhya Divisional Commissioner Navdeep Rinwa said over 15 lakh earthen lamps will be lit by more than 22,000 volunteers at Ram ki Paidi near the Saryu bank. The rest will be placed at important intersections and spots.
People in large number thronged Ram ki Paidi on Saturday evening to have a feel of the Deepotsav, however, the earthen lamps placed there were not lit. Volunteers were seen urging the crowd to watch their steps. Many excited youngsters were busy talking selfies and pictures with the dazzling Diwali view of Ram mandir.
Deepotsav organizers informed PTI that all the volunteers have been instructed to arrange 256 earthen lamps in a square and to maintain approximately two to three feet of distance between two squares.
“There will also be a laser show, 3D projection mapping show, fireworks, and Ramlila staging by cultural troops from other countries and states. At the Ram Katha park, Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman and Lord Hanuman will be shown descending from a ‘pushpak vimana’,” Rinwa told PTI.
He said that an aarti of the Saryu river will also be performed on this occasion.
Taking to Twitter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Hindi wrote, “Shree Ayodhya ji is ready for a grand and divine Deepotsav. All of you are welcome. Jai Shree Ram.” He also tweeted the new logo of the event.
महान सनातन संस्कृति की रंगोली, 'दीपोत्सव' भारतीय दर्शन, आध्यात्मिकता और राष्ट्रीय आस्था का ऐसा प्रकाशमयी शृंगार है, जो जन-जन को हर प्रकार के अंधकार से लड़ने की प्रेरणा प्रदान करता है।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) October 22, 2022
यह 'दीपोत्सव' मानवीय मूल्यों के उत्थान का जनोत्सव है। सद्भाव और समता के भाव का संगम है।🪔 pic.twitter.com/3Eb4ePghQX
Ayurved doctor RP Pandey said, "It seems that the 'tretayuga' (the era of Lord Ram) has returned to Ayodhya. This Deepotsav is going to be more grand and memorable for us as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be coming for the event."
“Deepotsav is an occasion, which is characterised by happiness, excitement and enthusiasm. People themselves are decorating the city using rangolis,” Lavkush Srivastava said.