Ayodhya, Nov 6: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh will be known as Ayodhya, the holy city revered by millions of Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Ram.
“Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” CM Yogi said, adding that the holy city is identified by Lord Ram. He was speaking on the occasion of “Deepotsav” on Diwali eve.
He also declared that Ayodhya will have its own airport named after Ram and a medical college named after Ram’s father King Dashrath.
“Ayodhya hamari aan baan shaan ka prateek hai, Ayodhya ki pehchan Bhagwan Ram se hai. (Ayodhya is our symbol of our pride and prestige). It owes its identity to Lord Ram,” said Yogi Adityanath.
Cheering the announcements, people in the crowd raised slogans of “Yogiji ek kaam karo, Mandir ka nirman karo (Yogi, do this work: build the temple)”.
The announcement comes days after the Uttar Pradesh government officially renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj.
The Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of Faizabad and Ayodhya on the banks of the river Saryu.
“I want to make sure that Lord Ram’s legacy lives forever,” explained the priest-politician, who took charge as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after the BJP’s massive victory in state polls last year.
The First Lady of South Korea Kim Jung-sook on Tuesday evening was witness to the lighting of over 3 lakh earthen lamps on the banks of the Saryu as well as the change of name of a district: Faizabad will now be known as Ayodhya.
The grand spectacle is part of the second edition of ‘Deepotsava’ initiated by the state BJP government.
With the lighting up of 3,01,152 ‘divas’, officials said, the spectacle at the ghats of the river had also entered the ‘Guinness book of World Records’. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the South Korean First Lady also performed ‘aarti’ of the holy river as people clapped and cheered.