Grand celebrations planned in Ayodhya on Diwali: Governor

Yogi government plans 100-metre-tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya

The UP government-led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath has proposed to install a 100m long statue of Lord Rama on the banks of Saryu River.

Also part of the plan is a Ram Katha gallery on the banks of the river, a multi-purpose auditorium in the Digambar Akhara premises and various public utility services. State government officials said it is part of a plan to boost religious tourism in Uttar Pradesh, a key focus area for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath since he took over seven months ago after his party, the BJP swept the UP assembly elections.

The press release also stated that the statue will be built on the banks of "Saryu" river only after clearance from National Green Tribunal (NGT).

After a presentation by Tourism Principal Secretary, Awanish Awasthi, the proposal has been sent to Governor Ram Naik.

A presentation on the preparations for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, was given by Awasthi.

Governor Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, union tourism minister KJ Alphons, and culture minister Mahesh Sharma will be in Ayodhya on the occasion.


Avinash Kumar Awasthi said that this was a concept proposal and the letter to the National Green Tribunal seeking clearance was yet to be sent.

In the programmes on Deepawali on October 18 there is a Deepotsav programme where around 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at Ram ki Paidi, about 2 km from the disputed site.

An aarti ritual would also be held at the new ghat along with a laser show.

The State government said it had presented the Detailed Project Report of ₹195.89 crore to the Union Tourism Ministry for the integrated tourism development of Ayodhya.

Prominent building and ghats will also be illuminated to attract tourists. Artists from Indonesia and Thailand will perform a Ram Leela function.

Mr. Awasthi said the Tourism Department would also develop the Ram Katha Gallery, fix ghats, especially Guptar Ghat, where Lord Ram is believed to have taken a jal samadhi, develop a statue of Rani Ho, and install security features such as CCTVs.

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