Thailand king to grace Diwali festivities; major face-lift for Ayodhya

King of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn would be the chief guest at Deepotsav festivities to be held in Ayodhya on Diwali this year. The Uttar Pradesh government is making elaborate arrangements for the festival.

The government is getting Ayodhya painted in yellow as part of the preparations. It will give a festive look to the city, says locals. All the buildings facing the main thoroughfare starting from the Sri Ram Hospital to Naya Ghat — the route through which the Diwali procession will take place — will have yellow colour.

According to district administration officials, the decision was taken by Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath.

Locals have welcomed the move. “Ever since Yogiji became CM, he has taken extra care to protect our heritage and culture. The way the government organised Kumbh at Prayagraj was awesome,” said Kapil Mishra, a local resident.

The Muslim community here are also welcoming the move. “Yellow is an auspicious colour. Hindus and Musalmaan celebrate Diwali. Ayodhya is known for its culture and we welcome the move,” said Sarfaraz Alam, a local resident.

The government is doing everything to make it a media spectacle.

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