New Delhi: Ayodhya is all lit-up, decorated, and welcomed South Korea’s first lady Kim Jung-Sook as the chief guest at the high octane ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya today.
Kim joined the ground-breaking ceremony of the Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) memorial in Ayodhya. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also joined the ceremony. Adityanath welcomed artists depicting Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lord Laxman.
Yogi Adityanath announced that a medical college will be established in Ayodhya. He added, “I want it to be named after King Dasharatha. We will also construct an airport in Ayodhya named after Lord Ram.”
Watch ceremony of Deepotsav
She will also interact with the craftsmen of ‘chikankari’, a traditional embroidery style of Lucknow, on Tuesday.
The event will also be attended by Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon, his UP counterpart Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and many other Central ministers.
They would be present on the banks of the Saryu where a million earthen lamps will be lit to mark ‘Chhoti Diwali’.
# Deepotsav in Ayodhya
# South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook arrives at Queen Hau Park in Ayodhya. CM Yogi Adityanath also present.
# South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook arrives at Queen Hau Park in Ayodhya
# South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook arrives in Ayodhya ahead of Deepotsav celebrations
# Over 3.35 lakh ‘diyas’ are set to be lit up on the banks of river Saryu.
# Temple town has been lit up in red, purple and green lights
Hectic arrangements are underway in Ayodhya ahead of the high-profile visit and many buildings in the temple town have been lit up in red, purple and green lights.
# Statue of Lord Ram and Hanuman installed
A statue of Lord Ram and Hanuman has been installed at the historic ghats of the Saryu river, while an iconic ceremonial gateway has been erected near the site of the main function.
Artists from Maharashtra have worked on 30-ft statue of Lord Ram, installed near the site of ‘Deepotsav’. Huge hoardings, bearing message — ‘South Korean First lady Kim Jung-sook – Welcome to Ayodhya ‘ and her picture, have been put up across the city.
# Lay the foundation stone for the Queen’s Memorial
The First Lady will lay the foundation stone for the Queen’s Memorial, along with the UP Chief Minister. The characters playing Lord Ram, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman would then arrive in a chopper where after landing, the Chief Minister will welcome them with full rituals.
# A cultural event was held at CM Residence earlier tonight in the presence of South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook.