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Nov 05, 2018

Three-day Deepotsava festival begins in Uttar Pradesh

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In Uttar Pradesh, the three-day Deepotsava festival, a prelude to Diwali festival, started yesterday with the presentation of Ramlila by a cultural troupe from Laos in the Vivekananda auditorium of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University in Ayodhya. AIR correspondent reports that the main function on the occasion of Choti Dipawali will be attended by Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries tomorrow.

AIR correspondent reports that main attraction of these Diwali celebrations will be the first lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, the wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in who will reach the birth place of Lord Rama today evening. She will attend the programme on Choti Dipawali tomorrow, when three lakh ‘diyas’ will be lit on the banks of holy river Saryu to create a new world record.

The celebrations will include laying of the foundation of a Rs 50-crore riverbank memorial of Queen HuH, who according to legend was a princess of Ayodhya who went to South Korea and married the king. The UP Tourism department is organising a series of events to celebrate Diwali in Ayodhya. All prominent buildings, temples and ghats in the city are being decorated while many cultural programmes are being organised for the grand event.

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