As he participated in Sunday’s Deepotsav (Festival of Lights) in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of taking everyone along and never letting them down.
Following the start of the Deepotsav celebrations – where a new Guinness World Record was set by lighting 15.76 lakh diyas on the ghats of the river Saryu – Modi stated, “Our rishis have said that deep and jyoti are forms of Brahma.” There is no doubt in my mind that the spiritual light will guide India’s development. Lord Ram is said to be the one who gives light to the entire universe by Goswami Tulsidasji in Ramcharit Manas. There is a light here of compassion and mercy, of humanity and dignity, of equality, and of taking everyone along with you.”
Following recitation of slogans in praise of Lord Ram, the Prime Minister congratulated the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, on the successful organization of Deepotsav. At the program, Modi was accompanied by these two individuals as well as Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak and Keshav Prasad Maurya.
It was an emotional experience for me when I arrived here. When Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, I wondered how the city must have been decorated and decked out. “We were not able to see Ayodhya then, but because of the blessings of Lord Ram, we can see Amar Ayodhya in Amrit Kaal today,” said Modi.
Modi’s visit to Ayodhya comes at a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faces stiff opposition from opposition parties in poll-bound states such as Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
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“Friends, we belong to a culture in which festivals are an integral part. As a culture, a festival was held whenever society introduced a new development. By keeping the message of truth’s victory over lies alive, we have maintained the message of truth’s victory over lies. India is unmatched in this field. Lord Ram had ended the atrocities of Ravan thousands of years ago, but today, after thousands and thousands of years, every message of that incident is highlighted in the form of deepaks. We consider the deepak of Diwali to be more than just an article. They are the repository of Indian ideals and principles. It is the rays of light in the darkness that announce India’s basic principle of Satyamev Jayate,” said Prime Minister Modi.
“Victory belongs to the truth, not to untruths. He explained that the victory is always attributed to Ram’s morals, rather than Ravan’s. As he recited some lines from a Gujarati poem he wrote many years ago, and explained its meaning, he said, “The diya gives hope.” In addition to providing fire, the diya also provides comfort. Although everyone prays to the rising sun, the diya is your companion even in the darkest of evenings. In addition to burning itself, the diya also burns the darkness. There is a sense of dedication that is brought about by the diya. The light of success is lit when we burn, and we then distribute it to all of humanity. It is dedicated to the world,” he stated.
“We are all aware that India has experienced phases of darkness since the medieval period and into modern times.
Our deepak continued to provide light in times of calamity, when the sun set on several civilizations. As a result of silencing those storms, they rose again. Because we did not give up on lighting the lamps. It was never in vain that we remained hopeful. It was not long ago that each Indian stood with one deepak each during the challenges of Covid, and today, the world is watching while India is fighting,” he said.
Modi had earlier offered prayers at Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya to Ram Lalla. It was Modi’s first visit to Ayodhya following the bhoomi pujan for the construction of the Ram temple on August 5, 2020.
Additionally, the Prime Minister reiterated the Panch Pran in which he had addressed the nation, saying, “We must learn from Lord Rama and give utmost importance to performing our duties just as he did as a son, warrior, prince, king, and leader.”
This Deepavali coincides with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence as well as the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. According to him, the country will reach new heights through Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal, which represents the resolve of Lord Shri Ram.
In Lord Ram’s words and thoughts, as well as in his rule and his administration, one can find the inspiration of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas. According to the Prime Minister, “the principles of Lord Shri Ram are the aspirations of every Indian for a developed nation. As a lighthouse, it provides inspiration for achieving the most challenging goals.”
Regarding the Panch Pran, which emphasizes pride in heritage and the removal of slave mentality, the Prime Minister stated that Shree Ram guided us on this path by placing mother and motherland above even heaven. He cited Ram Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath, Kedarnath, and Mahakaal Lok as examples of places of worship the government has revitalized. In his remarks, the Prime Minister recalled the days when people questioned the existence of Lord Shri Ram and were reluctant to discuss the topic.
In the last eight years, we have broken this shackling feeling of inferiority complex and presented a holistic view of India’s pilgrimage development. Ayodhya is currently undergoing a number of projects worth thousands of crores of rupees, according to the Prime Minister. According to the Prime Minister, increased connectivity and international tourism will result in immense benefits for the entire region, including the development of roads, beautification of ghats and crossroads, and infrastructure improvements such as the construction of a new railway station and a world-class airport. Moreover, he informed that the Ramayan Circuit is currently being developed.
In this regard, the Prime Minister stressed the societal and international dimensions of cultural rejuvenation and informed the audience that Nishad Raj Park is being constructed in Shringverpur Dham, where a 51-foot bronze statue of Lord Shri Ram and Nishad Raj will be housed. In addition, Ramayan’s message of all-inclusiveness will be propagated through the statue, symbolising our commitment to equality and harmony.
During his remarks regarding the development of Queen Heo Memorial Park in Ayodhya, the Prime Minister stated that the park will serve as a medium for enhancing bilateral relations between India and South Korea. As for spiritual tourism, the Prime Minister stated that the Ramayana Express train is a step in the right direction. In his view, this cultural rejuvenation is the Shree Ganesh of the holistic development of the new India, whether it involves the Chardham Project, Buddha Circuit, or the development projects under the PRASAD Scheme.
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