AYODHYA: When the sun sets on Ayodhya on Deepotsav, the skies may be lit up with hundreds of dazzling unmanned aerial vehicles, while on the ground 8lakh diyas will illuminate the serene Saryu banks — rolling out another Guinness feat. Drones flying in a glowing zigzag sequence will recreate a scintillating spectacle of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya on Diwali eve.
The last grand Diwali show of the Yogi Adityanath government’s current tenure may receive nationwide traction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to grace the occasion on November 3.
Between 800-1,000 drones will simultaneously take off to create a magical aura of the treta yuga, signifying Lord Ram’s homecoming with Sita after his 14-year exile, said top sources in the district administration. The project is in the proposal stage and has been submitted to the government for approval, said Vishal Singh, vice-chairman of Ayodhya Development Authority and nodal officer for Deepotsav preparations. “A final decision will be taken at a high-level meeting soon,” he added.
With a little more than a month left for Deepotsav celebrations, the state government has begun preparations on a war footing. Some of the dilapidated temples on Saryu banks are being repaired and revamped with the Vedic technique of creating a paste by mixing jaggery with stone dust and lime.
The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to make Deepotsav a mega event to raise its Ayodhya pitch to a crescendo in the run-up to the assembly elections early next year.