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Ayodhya: After more than 500 years of waiting, Diwali to Ram Janmabhoomi

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After more than 500 years earthen lamps will be lit to light up the Ram Janmabhoomi site here on Diwali. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will light lamps during the “Deepotsav” program in the city on November 13th.

According to Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, head of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das: “It will be a real Diwali this year, which will celebrate the return of Lord Ram after a prolonged exile.

Minister of State for Tourism Neelkanth Tiwari said more than 5 lakh lamps will be lit on the occasion of Diwali. “If there had been no coronavirus pandemic, thousands of faithful would have participated in this program,” he said.

The Chief Minister has already ordered separate programs to be run daily during “Deepotsav 2020”, in accordance with COVID protocols.

About 5.51 lakh earthen lamps will also be lit at Ram Ki Paidi in Ayodhya. Diwali is expected to be celebrated nationwide on November 14.

All monasteries and houses will be illuminated in the holy city of Diwali. “Bhajan” and Ramayana recitals will take place in the monasteries. A great decoration of Ayodhya on the Festival of Lights is on the cards.

The illumination of all the temples, including Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, Kanak Bhawan, Ram Ki Paidi and Hanuman Garhi, would be by electric lighting.

Devotees, however, will participate through the virtual platforms. A digital broadcast of Diwali programs will be made for worshipers who could not physically visit the temples due to coronavirus restrictions.

Since coming to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the BJP government has held the great “Deepotsav” or Festival of Lights in Ayodhya on Diwali every year.

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