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PM Narendra Modi likely to attend grand ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya | Lucknow News


LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend Ayodhya‘s ‘Deepotsav’ on the eve of Diwali on October 23.
He is also likely to visit the under-construction temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi and review the progress.
This year, it’s the sixth edition of the event being regularly organised by the UP government ever since Yogi Adityanath came to power.
It’s set to get bigger this year with a proposal to light over 18 lakh earthen lamps on Saryu Ghat in the holy ciy.
With assembly elections scheduled in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat in the next few months, the PM’s visit to Ayodhya, his first after he attended the ‘bhumipujan’ for the construction of Ram temple on August 5, 2020, will certainly have cascading effects in these states while sharpening the Hindutva pitch of his government.
The Supreme Court, through a constitutional bench verdict on November 9, 2019, had paved the way for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, a promise that has always been on the BJP’s agenda as well as manifestos. The construction of the temple is in progress since August 2020.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath recently claimed that 50% of the construction work has been completed. As per the members of the temple trust, the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is likely to be ready by January 2024 and the construction would be completed by the end of 2024.
According to sources, the PM, besides offering prayers at the under-construction temple, will also review the construction work during his four-hour stay in Ayodhya. The PM is also likely to deliver a speech after overseeing the construction work.
After the RJB visit, the PM is expected to attend Lord Ram’s ‘rajyabhishek’ programme to be held at Ram Katha Park. The PM is expected to deliver another speech at the Ram Katha Park. This programme is likely to be followed by the PM’s visit to Saryu Ghat to attend the ‘Aarti’. Sources said that the aim is to draw people’s attraction towards the aarti at Saryu Ghat just like the ones at Varanasi and Haridwar ghats.
After attending the aarti, the PM is likely to attend ‘Deepotsav’ event at ‘Ram Ki Paudi ghats’ where volunteers will make a gigantic effort to light 18 lakh earthen lamps, which is likely to set yet another Guiness record.
After the ‘Deepotsav’ event the PM is also likely to attend a digital firecrackers show before leaving from Ayodhya.
At a time when the BJP has shifted its focus on assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the PM’s visit to Ayodhya a day before Diwali is seen as an effort to hit two birds with one stone. The visit for sure will raise the Hindutva pitch not only in the two states going to assembly elections but across the country, experts believe while it will also strike a chord with majority Hindus firm belief in India’s rich culture and ethos.
According to observers, just like tourism in Varanasi has received a push after the inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor by the PM, his visit to Ayodhya in general and to places like the under-construction Ram temple, ‘Deepotsav’ and Aarti at Saryu Ghat, will certainly bolster religious tourism in the holy town of Ayodhya.


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