Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced during the Deepotsav in Ayodhya that the event had set a new world record with over 22 lakh diyas lit along the banks of River Saryu. He dedicated this achievement to the devotees of Lord Ram and expressed the fortune of the present generation witnessing the upcoming consecration ceremony of the idol in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir on January 22 next year. Adityanath urged the people of Ayodhya to prepare for this historic moment and warmly welcome Lord Ram, emphasizing the significance of the event after a wait of 500 years.
Adityanath praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting the collaborative efforts of the “double engine” government for Ayodhya’s development. He revealed ongoing projects worth over Rs 30,500 crore and the expectation of projects totaling Rs 50,000 crore by January 22, aiming to generate employment for the local population. The chief minister affirmed the commitment of both central and state governments to make Ayodhya one of the most beautiful cities globally.
Earlier in the day, the celebrations included a cultural procession depicting the homecoming of Ram, Sita, and Lakshman, recreating the episode from the Ramayana. Adityanath, along with other dignitaries, welcomed the characters aboard a chariot, leading to symbolic coronation rituals and a grand light and sound show, culminating in a spectacular firecracker display.