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Ayodhya: Ram statue as Diwali Gift By Yogi Adityanath?

UP CM Yogi Adityanath is likely to make a big announcement during the Deepotsav festivities


The city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh is all set to witness grand celebrations for Diwali on Tuesday which will be attended by chief minister Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook who is the chief guest of the event. A massive 30-feet statue of Lord Ram has been installed on the banks of the Saryu river, along with that of Lord Hanuman’s. 

A majestic ceremonial gateway has also been constructed near the site of the main function, called 'Deepotsav', which will begin from Tuesday afternoon. While the old temples facing the ghats of the river wear a fresh look after they were decorated with colourful lighting, lakhs of diyas or earthern lamps have been arranged on the steps of the ghats. 

Adityanath, while reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to postpone the Ram Janmabhoomi hearing, had said he would give his people a Diwali gift on November 6 at Ayodhya.

Ever since the BJP government came to power in Uttar Pradesh, it has celebrated Deepotsav in a grand manner. Deepotsav is the occasion where Rama and Sita over King Ravana in Lanka. Last year, 1.87 lakh diyas were lit in Ayodhya. However, this year 3 lakh diyas are expected to be lit and a Guinness Book of World Records official will be present for the occasion. South Korea's First Lady Kim Jung-sook will also be present at the event.

Her presence is not without purpose. History has it that Queen Ho of South Korea had its root in Ayodhya. The UP government is building a memorial in Ayodhya, the foundation for which will be laid on Tuesday, to recall her Ayodhya connect.

Many believe, the erstwhile torch-bearer of Hindutva and now the CM, Yogi Adityanath might announce something around Ram Temple dispute. However, political pundits believe this looks to be a distant reality as state government has not much say in the dispute with the land housing the disputed site is in Centre's control and the matter is subjudice in Supreme Court.

Just a couple of days after Yogi promised a Diwali gift announcement, letters and news around a tall or may be the tallest statue of Lord Rama at Ayodhya had been circulated.