As part of the grand Diwali celebrations planned by the Yogi Adityanath government in Ayodhya, one of the major attractions will be lighting of 1.71 lakh diyas along the banks of Saryu river.
With this, the Uttar Pradesh government will Clearly Break the Guinness World Record for largest display of oil lamps (Diyas) set by jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda had lit 1.5 lakh diyas at an event on September 23 last year.
According to the official page of Guinness World Records, 1,531 people “took part in assembling and lighting the lamps for display”. The record of largest display of oil lamps, 150,009 to be exact, is in the name of ‘ Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’.
Besides lighting a record number of diyas in Ayodhya today, the Uttar Pradesh government has also organised a series of programmes to mark Diwali. A heritage walk from Kanchan Bhavan to Nageshwardham, reminiscing the return of Rama to Ayodhya, has been planned.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik are also expected to perform the grand aarti of Saryu river which will be followed by a laser show on the river’s banks.
A Ramlila will be staged by international artists from Indonesia and Thailand as part of the Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya. In a recent visit to Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath said that a grand Diwali programme will be held in Ayodhya “in which sadhu-saints will also participate”. The chief minister said he will also invite governor to the grand celebrations.
The state budget presented by the Yogi government, which rode to power in March this year, made special mention of Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura, and allocated Rs 1,240 crore for Ramayan, Buddhist and Krishna circuits in these cities.
In May, the Yogi government re-started the popular Ramlila in Ayodhya at the Ayodhya Research Centre after a hiatus of 17 months. The practice of holding Ramlila in Ayodhya was started by the then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in May 2004 but was stopped during Akhilesh Yadav’s regime after the culture department refused to grant aid for the same.