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Yogi’s Big Diwali in Ayodhya, a Record 1.71 Lakh Diyas to Be Lit

This Diwali, the Yogi govt plans to celebrate the BJP’s return to UP after a 15-year vanvas.

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Yogi Adityanath conducting the <i>aarti </i>by the Sarayu river.
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This Diwali, Ram returns victorious to a hi-tech Ayodhya. Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh government will be celebrating the festival with gusto, announcing projects worth Rs 133 crore. A total of 108 poor families will be given free electricity connections. The celebrations don't end there – the government aims to set a record by lighting 1.71 lakh diyas.

This massive scale celebration is not only in honour of Ram returning from vanvas (exile) after 14 years, but also a BJP government's return to Uttar Pradesh after a gap of 15 years.

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There are hoardings all over the city.
There are hoardings all over the city.
(Photo: Vikrant Dubey)

As Chief Minister Yogi personally oversees all the preparations, the state government can see a boost in tourism in Ayodhya, while the BJP sees a political advantage. This time is crucial. While Himachal and Gujarat inch closer to the Vidhan Sabha elections, UP has begun its countdown for the municipal elections.

Also Read: Yogi Govt Proposes 100m Tall 'Grand' Ram Statue in Ayodhya



On 18 October, there are several programs lined up in Ayodhya.
On 18 October, there are several programs lined up in Ayodhya.
(Photo: Vikrant Dubey)
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The Number ‘108’ Has a Special Significance

In Hinduism, the figure '108' holds a special significance and is considered auspicious. The state Chief Minister is an ardent follower of the Sanatan Dharma, and has therefore consciously chosen to electrify the homes of '108' poor families.

A Day of Festivities

There are several programs lined up in Ayodhya on 18 October (from 7 am to 10 pm). Yogi Adityanath will personally attend the festivities, and will lay the foundation for new projects worth Rs 133 crore.



The record for lighting 1.71 lakh diyas is expected to be set at 6:30 pm.
The record for lighting 1.71 lakh diyas is expected to be set at 6:30 pm.
(Photo: Vikrant Dubey)
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The first two hours of the program are scheduled for a heritage walk from Kanchan Bhawan to Nageshwar Dham. After 9 am, 108 poor families will be provided with free electricity and clothes.

At 2 pm, Ram Leela jhankis or tableaux will leave from Ayodhya's KS Saket PG College. The procession will stop three kilometres ahead, at Ram Katha Park.

In a grand welcome, Ram, Lakshman and Sita will descend from a helicopter at Ram Katha Park. The coronation ceremony will begin at 4 pm.

The record for lighting 1.71 lakh diyas is expected to be set at 6:30 pm during the Maha Aarti on the banks of the Sarayu river. The previous Guinness record has been set for 1.5 lakh diyas.

<i>Jhanki</i>s prepare for the show on 18 October.&nbsp;
Jhankis prepare for the show on 18 October. 
(Photo: Vikrant Dubey)
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A Laser Show at 7, Ram Leela at 8

Ayodhyawaasis will be treated to a spectacular laser show on the ghats of the Sarayu. And finally, the festivities of the day will come to an end with a production of the Ram Leela, for which troops from Thailand and Indonesia have also been roped in.

(This story is a translation. It was first published on QuintHindi.)

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