Yogi Adityanath plans Lord Ram's grand statue 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.

If it does stand 100m tall, the statue of Lord Ram will be double the size of the Statue of Liberty (45m from foot to tip of the torch).

The statue is part of "Navya Ayodhya" project that is seen an initiative by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote religious tourism.

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

"On receipt of clearance by the National Green Tribunal, a grand statue of Lord Sri Ram will be constructed on the banks of the Saryu", an official statement from the Governor's office said.

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The State government also plans to hold grand Deepavali celebrations in Ayodhya this year. However, the proposal has not been sent to NGT for approval. Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Tourism Minister Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will be present on the occasion.

While the Adityanath government's stated objective behind the installation of the grand Lord Ram statue may be to promote Ayodhya as a religious tourism destination, the obviously political motivations behind the move can not be discounted.

In the programmes on Deepawali on October 18 there is a Deepotsav programme where around 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at Ram ki Paidi, about 2 km from the disputed site. A proposal in this regard has been sent to Governnor Ram Naik. It is learnt that the ministry has already sanctioned Rs 133.70 crore to the state.

A laser show, a heritage walk reminiscing return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya and Ramleela by artists from Indonesia and Thailand will be other prominent attractions.

Mr. Awasthi said the Tourism Department would also develop the Ram Katha Gallery, fix ghats, especially Guptar Ghat, where Lord Ram is believed to have taken a jal samadhi, develop a statue of Rani Ho, and install security features such as CCTVs.

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