Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No decision on Lord Rama statue in Ayodhya: UP governor

No decision on Lord Rama statue in Ayodhya: UP governor

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to install a grand statue of Lord Ram in a warrior pose on the River Saryu in Ayodhya, as part of a plan to put the temple town on the religious tourism map.

However, the height of the statue is still not final and it will be installed only after getting clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The Ram statue is part of a plan submitted by the state tourism department to promote religious tourism in UP.

The communique added that the statue would be built at Saryughat after getting clearance from the National Green Tribunal. The Indian Expressreported that the presentation also included information on programmes scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on 18 October.

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The practice of holding Ram Leela in Ayodhya was started by the then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in May 2004 but was stopped during Akhilesh Yadav's regime after the culture department refused to grant aid for the same. A "deepotsav" will be organised on "Ram Ki Paidi" where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit, he said while giving a presentation to Governor Ram Naik yesterday. Of this, Rs 133.70 crore has been sanctioned by the Union government. The objective of the entire programme will be to promote Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram, as a tourist destination. It will be a heritage walk through Ayodhya, a Shobha Yatra to exhibit the arrival of Lord Ram to Ayodhya and a symbolic rajyabhishek that means coronation.

During the programme, Ramlila will be staged by artists from Indonesia and Thailand. The two leaders discussed various tourism-related projects in the northern state, including construction of Ramayana museum for which the Centre has allocated a fund of Rs 154 crore, a PTI report had said.

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).

In the Ta Mahal, Uttar Pradesh already has one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, so what if it doesn't feature in its tourism development plans.

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