Ayodhya is all set to look beautiful this Diwali. The Ram Bhumi is filled with a cheerful cacophony of mantras, shlokas, and chaupayis from Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas. While the coronavirus pandemic may have forced the world-famous Ramleela to go the digital way, the Uttar Pradesh Tourism has decided to decorate the temple city in a brand new light for upcoming Deepotsav.
As per reports, this year, Ayodhya Deepotsav 2020 will be celebrated from November 11 to November 15.
The Ayodhya Deepotsav is a creation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, which has become the highlight of the year. It was first planned out and celebrated in 2017. The city residents, volunteers, and devotees came together and lit up a record 1.76 lakh earthen lamps and made the city look starry.
In 2019, Ayodhya made a world record of lighting 5.51 lakh ‘diyas’ on Diwali. This year, however, it is still not clear whether people will be allowed to gather at the Saryu ghats to light up the lamps.
The state tourism department of the Uttar Pradesh government is looking to beautify the temple town in a wide and stellar manner this year. According to the official tender release, the Deepotsav will see the installation of LED lightboxes in the city. Made of acrylic sheet, the boxes will illuminate the area and label it in a new way.
The city roads will also see a stunning life-size structure depicting the ‘Ram Darbar’ on a chariot. It will come up with an independent lighting arrangement. There will be another installation of Ram Darbar at Ram ki Paidi on the banks of the Saryu river. The 18-feet-tall structure will have carved pillars and other decor elements.