A statue of Lord Rama, courtesy the Yogi govt

Gwen Vasquez
October 11, 2017

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has proposed to build 100m Lord Ram's "grand statue" in Ayodhya River Bank, latest reports say.

Media reports said that the state government's plan of putting Ayodhya prominently on the religious tourism map also includes construction of a Ram Katha gallery on the banks of the Saryu river, a multi-purpose auditorium in the Digambar Akhara premises and various public utility services.

Summary: 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 statue will be built after securing permission from the National Green Tribunal.

"On Diwali, a grand programme will be held in Ayodhya in which sadhu-saints will also participate".

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The installation of the Lord Rama statue is just one of the several steps the UP government is planning to take to promote tourism in Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama.

The government's slideshow put the height of the statute at 100 m but some officials said that wasn't final. The Adityanath government had reportedly sent a detailed project report outlining these proposals for the integrated development of Ayodhya to the Union ministry of tourism and sought funds worth Rs 195.89 crore. UP Governor Ram Naik will also attend, as will union Tourism Minister KJ Alphonse and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma."Ayodhya has its importance, we can not neglect that". A "deepotsav" will be organised on "Ram Ki Paidi" where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit, he said while giving a presentation to Governor Ram Naik on Monday.

Noting that Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after winning a war in Lanka, Naik said the state government wants to portray the same scene.

Prominent building and ghats will also be illuminated to attract tourists. The artists from Indonesia and Thailand will also stage the Ram Leela there.

The statue, the Express reported, is part of the Uttar Pradesh's government's "Navya Ayodhya" or "New Ayodhya" plan.

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