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Diwali 2021: 12 lakh lamps to lighten up Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh

Last year, during the "Deepotsav" to celebrate the festival the state government had created a world record by lighting over six lakh earthen lamps.
 

Diwali 2021: 12 lakh lamps to lighten up Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Nov 1, 2021, 6:02 PM IST
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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to light up Ayodhya with 12 lakh earthen lamps on the occasion of Diwali 2021. Out of which, 9 lakh lamps will be lit on the banks of the Saryu, bettering the previous Diwali record.

Last year, during the "Deepotsav" to celebrate the festival the state government had created a world record by lighting over six lakh earthen lamps.

According to a government statement, the staging of Ram Lilas, a 3D holographic display, laser show and fireworks will be part of the five-day-long celebrations, beginning Monday. Nine lakh lamps will be lit on the banks of the river with the rest three lakh in parts of the town on November 3 from 6 pm to 6.30 pm, it said.

A series of literary and cultural activities have been planned from November 1 to 5 and a cultural group from Sri Lanka has been invited to stage the Ram Lila.

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Meanwhile, teams from Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Gujarat, Assam, and West Bengal will also stage it during the five-day-long celebrations. A team from Nepal's Janakpur has also been invited to perform the Ram Lila on Monday.

District Magistrate Nitish Kumar was quoted by PTI as saying that on November 3, the day of the "Deepotsav", Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandi Ben Patel will receive symbolically the Lord Ram, Laxman, and Sita from a "pushpak viman", a chopper, at Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also perform the "Saryu aarti".

The Yogi Adityanath government since 2017 has been holding the Deepotsav in Ayodhya, which began with 51,000 earthen lamps in the inaugural year to 4,10,000 lamps in 2019 and 6,06,569 earthen lamps in 2020 —setting newer Guinness World Records.

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