Lucknow, October 27: A day after conducting the annual Diwali event 'Deepotsav' on Saturday, which saw a new world record created with the illumination of 5.51 lakh diyas or earthen lamps, Ayodhya is all set to celebrate Diwali on Sunday. The hometown of Lord Ram will see another round of cultural programs and diyas lit to celebrate the 'Festival of Lights'. The government on Saturday launched schemes worth Rs 226 crore on the occasion of UP government's Diwali event called 'Deepotsav'. Diwali 2019: Over 5.5 Lakh Diyas Lit During 'Deepotsava' in Ayodhya, UP Govt Creates a New Guinness World Record; Watch Video.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Speaker of Republic of Fiji Veena Bhatnagar and other ministers of the state attended the event.
Ram Leela from seven countries was the main attraction on the occasion. Eleven tableaus of Lord Rama showcased different events. Moreover, around 2,500 children are preparing Lord Rama's life events, his bow and arrow, and pictures.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday broke its own Guinness World Record for the largest display of oil lamps by lighting a total of 5.5 lakh diyas or earthen lamps in Ayodhya. The tourism department of the state government in collaboration with a university broke the record for "the largest display of oil lamps" made in 2018 when 3.51 lakh earthen diyas were lit as part of the grand "Deeptosav" celebration on the occasion of Diwali.
"The largest display of oil lamps was achieved by department of tourism, government of Uttar Pradesh and Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh University (both India) during Deepotsav 2019 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India on October 29, 2019," reads the Guinness certificate reads. The Guinness World Record termed the event as "amazing".
The third grand "Deeptosav" celebration in Ayodhya, organised by the UP government, cost more than Rs 130 crore, according to a state government official. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath laid the foundation stone and inaugurated development projects worth Rs 226-crore in the temple town.
Addressing a gathering later as part of "Deepotsav", Yogi said previous heads of the state used to be scared to come to Ayodhya but he has visited at least several times during his tenure. "We are trying to build the kind of Ayodhya that Lord Rama had envisioned," the chief minister said. (With Agency Inputs)