In Uttar Pradesh, Grand Diwali celebrations at Ayodhya have set a world record as over 5 lakh 51 thousand earthen lamps or Diyas were lit today. The Diyas were lit on the banks of the holy river Saryu and other places in Ayodhya town.
This is the third consecutive year of Deepotsav in Ramnagari. Last year more than 3 lakh earthen lamps were lit at Saryu river in Ayodhya. The state government has given this Ayodhya Deepotsav the status of a State Fair. Hence the whole management and expenses on Deepotsav are borne by the state government.
Assistant Minister and Deputy Speaker, the parliament of the Republic of Fiji, Ms Veena Kumar Bhatnagar is the chief guest. UP Governor Anandiben Patel, various Ministers of Central and State Government and other dignitaries graced the Deepotsav.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that India under the leadership of the Prime Minister has taken Indian culture and values to the world level. Mr Yogi said his government is establishing Ramrajya where the government’s welfare schemes are being implemented among the people without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed and religion.
Veena Kumar Bhatnagar, Assistant Minister and Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Fiji and chief guest at the program said that the relations between India and Fiji are very strong and deep-rooted.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mr Yogi inaugurated and dedicated several developmental projects worth rupees 226 crores for Ayodhya. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place.
Meanwhile, people are celebrating Chhoti Dipawali with gaiety and religious fervour across the state today. It is also called Narak Chaturdashi. People are seen in the high spirit of festivity. Markets are abuzz with sweet shops and gifts items.