Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today announced that Faizabad district will be renamed as Ayodhya. The chief minister made the announcement during the grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya. He also said Ayodhya will get a new airport and a medical college. “A medical college will be established here in Ayodhya, I want it to be named after King Dasharatha. We will also construct an airport here named after Lord Ram,” Yogi said.
He said: “Ayodhya hamari aan baan shaan ka prateek hai, Ayodhya ki pehchan Bhagwan Ram se hai. Aaj se is janpad(Faizabad) ka naam bhi Ayodhya hoga (Ayodhya is our pride. It is symbolic of Lord Ram. From now, Faizabad district will be named Ayodhya).”
First lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, who is on a visit to India, joined the celebrations. CM Yogi Adityanath and Jung-sook inaugurated the Queen Hur memorial in Ayodhya. It is believed that princess Suriratna from Ayodhya married Korean King Kim-Suro, and became Queen Hur Hwang-ok 2,000 years ago.
Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya this time are taking place amid a growing chorus in the party and the Sangh Parivar for the construction of a temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi through an ordinance. Many BJP leaders, including CM Adityanath, have been pitching for speeding the work towards the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya in western UP, and some of them, including Union minister Vijay Goel, have suggested taking the ordinance route.
South Korean First Lady is in the holy city on Saryu river to attend the mega “Deepotsav” festival. Welcoming the South Korean first lady to Ayodhya, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said over 2,000 years ago the princess of Ayodhya married the prince of Korea. The chief minister said both the nations can take forward that legacy to greater heights.
Kim Jung-sook thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inviting her to India. “I am happy to celebrate Diwali in Ayodhya,” she says. South Korean and Indian artists perform at Queen Hau Park in Ayodhya. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and South Korean first lady chatted as they saw the mesmerising performance.
Ayodhya and Korea share a deep historical connection through Ayodhya’s Princess Suriratna, who married Korean King Suro in 48 CE. The grand celebrations of the Diwali festivities are expected to set a world record as three lakh diyas or earthen lamps would be lit as part of the Deepotsav or festival of lights.