Ayodhya, October 18: Ayodhya on Wednesday witnessed grand celebrations on the eve of Diwali 2017 with two lakh earthen lamps being lit on the Saryu river among other festivities. Reports claimed that with this number, Ayodhya is all set to break a Guinness World Record as over 2000 schoolchildren and college students lit up the diyas on Wednesday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the event and addressed the crowd while wishing them on Diwali.

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, CM Adityanath arrived at the event and performed aarti (prayers) on the banks of Saryu river. The people on site also witnessed a laser show which exhibited the legend of Hindu god Ram.

Here are top updates on the Ayodhya Diwali Celebrations:

    • While addressing the event, Adityanath said he dreams of a Ram Rajya in Uttar Pradesh
    • The CM also said that Ayodhya is the land of humanity. He said, “We taught the world about humanity through the legend of Ram rajya.”

    • Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said those opposed to Ram cannot stop from developing Ayodhya
    • Artists dressed as Ram, Sita and Lakshman, the trio that returned from exile on Diwali according to mythology, arrived at the event
    • The CM also highlighted achievements of his government in the past six months, and charted out the state government’s plan to turn Ayodhya into a tourism hub

    • The CM and the Governor also distributed allotment letters to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
    • The UP Government also reportedly has plans to build a 100 meter tall statue of Ram in Ayodhya

    • The motive behind lighting two lakh diyas is an attempt to break the previous World record in this category by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s Dera Sacha Sauda

    • Opposition leaders criticised the BJP Government in Uttar Pradesh for the extravagant expenditure on the celebrations
    • Adityanath also announced that his government want to make Ayodhya a global tourist destination. In this regard, earlier MoS (Independent) for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam said 133 crore  have been sanctioned for Ayodhya
    • The CM also said that in his rule, there will be no inequality and he will shelter all

The opposition questioned the necessity for such grand celebrations and said there are other issues which requires more focus. However, the BJP has asserted that the celebrations in Ayodhya are purely out of faith and has no political connotations.