A statue of Lord Rama, courtesy the Yogi govt

Yogi government plans 100-metre-tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya

Yogi government plans 100-metre-tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya

A grand statue of Lord Ram on the banks of Saryu River in Ayodhya has been proposed by the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

VARANASI: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik said on Tuesday that no decision has been taken so far to build a statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya "But, I believe and you can imagine whoever goes to Ayodhya wishes to see Lord Rama". The massive structure, proposed as a part of its "Navya Ayodhya" project to promote religious tourism in the state, might cost hundreds of crores.

The communique added that the statue would be built at Saryughat after getting clearance from the National Green Tribunal.

However, the height of the statue is still not final and it will be installed only after getting clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). A press release from the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow stated that a slide show presentation was delivered by Principal Secretary, Tourism, Awanish Kumar Awasthi.

The presentation also included information on programmes scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on October 18.

Over 171,000 earthen lamps will be lit to celebrate the festival that marks the return of Ram to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years in the presence of governor Naik, Adityanath, state tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Union minister of state for tourism Alphons Kannanthanan, and Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma.

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das of Mani Ram Das Chavni Peeth is likely to lead the procession, being taken out for the first time during Diwali in Ayodhya. Ram Naik and Yogi Adityanath will also perform aarti at a new ghat of the Saryu river. During the program, Ramlila will be staged by artists from Indonesia and Thailand.

The Centre has approved Rs 133.70 crore to the state government for the Ayodhya's redevelopment project.

Ayodhya, despite being an ancient cultural and religious destination, has faced neglect and now both the state and the Central governments are trying to restore its glory and present it beautifully, Naik said while talking to reporters here.

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