Ayodhya: CM Yogi Adityanath along with South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook toolk pleasure of performance held by South Korean and Indian artists at Ram Katha Parj in Ayodhya ahead of Diwali celebrations taking place in the city .Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday arrived in Ayodhya to attend the grand festivity. South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook is the chief guest for the event. For the first time a foreign dignitary has attended Diwali celebrations. The two arrived at Ram Katha Parj in Ayodhya in the afternoon where they attended cultural performances.
A huge 30-feet statue of Lord Ram has been installed on the banks of the Saryu River, along with that of Lord Hanuman’s idol. A grand ceremonial gateway has also been built near the site of the main function, called 'Deepotsav'. It began from Tuesday afternoon. The old temples facing the ghats of the river sport a fresh look after they were decked up with colourful lighting, lakhs of diyas or earthern lamps. Around 30 lakhs lamps have been arranged on the steps of the 12 ghats.
CM Yogi Adityanath, governer Ram Naik and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook inaugurated the sand drawing of Lord Ram by renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik at Ram Bazaar.