10 things you must know about the Deepotsava in Ayodhya

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 6: The much-hyped three-day Deepotsava is here. This is a prelude to Diwali festival, started with a presentation of Ramlila by a cultural troupe from Laos in the Vivekananda auditorium of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University in Ayodhya on Sunday. Here are the main highlights of the function:

1. A cultural team from South Korea's Busan will showcase a traditional dance performance, adjacent to the site of the Queen Heo Hwang-ok Memorial here Tuesday as part of the 'Deepotsav' celebrations.

2. According to Korean legend, a princess of Ayodhya went to Korea in 48 AD and married King Kim-Suro. A large number of Koreans trace their ancestry to this legendary princess, who is known as Queen Heo Hwang-ok in South Korea.

3. "A team from Busan National Gugak Center arrived in Ayodhya on Monday. They will be performing 'Dance of the Queens' on Tuesday as part of the celebrations here. It will also be attended by our (South Korean) First lady Kim Jung-sook," a senior official of South Korea's Ministry of Culture told media.

4. The function on that day will be attended by Governor Ram Naik,  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries. But the main attraction of this Diwali celebrations will be the first lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, the wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. She will attend the programme on November 6, when three lakh ‘diyas’ will be lit to create a new world record. In 2017 over 1.71 lakh ‘diyas’ were lighted and it was a Guinness Book record.

5. On the issue of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, UP Religious Affairs Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said it will be "definitely built" as per the people's aspirations.

6. He said people should learn a lesson from the life of the Maryada Purushottam.

"Lord Ram is a personality, which is incomparable - be it as a son or as a warrior. Lord Ram is our role model Through the Deepotsav, people across the world will get to know that it was due to Lord Ram India became a global superpower," Chaudhary told PTI.

7. In-charge of the programme, SN Shukla, said that of the three lakh ‘diyas’, over 10,000 ‘diyas’ each would be lighted at Ram ki Pauri and at the banks of river Saryu. Besides, 5,100 ‘diyas’ would be lighted at Guptarghat and 11,000 at Bharat Kund, he added.

“When Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will perform aarti, over 10,000 ‘diyas’ will be released from a steamer and will cross the Saryu ghat,” Dr Shukla said.

8. The celebrations will include laying of the foundation of a Rs 50-crore memorial of Queen Hur Hwang-ok, also known as Suriratna, a princess of Ayodhya who went to South Korea and married the king.

9. Last year, the Diwali celebrations in the temple town were limited to one day while this time it will be a three-day affair which started from Sunday.

10. CM Yogi Adityanath, governer Ram Naik and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook wll inaugurate the sand drawing of Lord Ram by renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik at Ram Bazaar.