The gods descended from the heavens in helicopters in Ayodhya as part of the Yogi’s grand Diwali celebration in the holy city. Artistes dressed up as Ram, Hanuman and Sita touched down at the Ram Katha Park in a recreation of the trio’s victorious journey by Pushpak Vimana, a mythical flying chariot, as told in the Ramayana. Yogi Adityanath then welcomed them and carried out a symbolic coronation of Ram, while overhead a helicopter showered flowers on the auspicious occasion. The show was part of a Diwali gala that saw hundreds of temples in Ayodhya illuminated with diyas. This is the first time that a chief minister is in Ayodhya for the festival that the faithful believe marks Ram’s return to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. The state tourism department in association with the Avadh University and the district administration are aiming to set a new world record by lighting more than 171,000 earthen oil lamps on the ghats of the Sarayu at Ram ki Paidi on Diwali eve. All hail Ram Rajya!
Hosting grand Diwali festivities at Ayodhya, said to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving to establish “Ram Rajya” in the country.
Addressing a gathering here, Adityanath assured the people that all their “dreams will be fulfilled” but they will have to wait for some time, though he did not make any direct reference to the proposed Ram temple in the town.
“Sri Ram returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana, who was the epitome of terror at that time, and defeating all the demons and he emerged as the inspiration for all humankind. But this does not happen suddenly,” the Chief Minister said, in an apparent comparison of the opposition with Ravana, the symbol of evil.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving to take the country in that direction.
“Every family having a roof over their heads, employment, power connection and LPG in their kitchen that has been provided by Prime Minister — is Ram Rajya,” Adityanath said.
He said that earlier there was discrimination in the allocation of development projects but that has ended now.
“Your sentiments are being honoured one by one, all the work is being done. You will have to join in that ambition. If you have power, you can do anything. The power will be that of development…Rest assured, your dream of Ram Rajya will be realised,” Adityanath said.
“We want to give an India that is free of terrorism and Naxalism, where there is no discrimination in the name of caste, creed, language or region and there is no appeasement,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister along with his entire cabinet and Governor Ram Naik and Union MoS for Tourism K.J. Alphons took part on the first day of the grand Deepotsav celebrations here.
Earlier, the dignitaries garlanded actors portraying the roles of Ram, Sita and Lakshman who alighted from a helicopter, in a symbolism for the “pushpak vimaan” — a mythological aerial chariot in which Lord Ram is said to have travelled back to Ayodhya from Lanka.
Nearly two lakh earthen lamps were lighted in Ayodhya to commemorate Lord Rama’s homecoming after 14 years in exile.
Adityanath said that Ayodhya will be developed as a hub of tourism, adding that tourism projects worth Rs 135 crore have been initiated in the city by the Union Tourism Ministry. (IANS)