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UP Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Online Portal has been launched by the Uttar Pradesh government. This new virtual deepotsav website will enable people to participate in Diwali Festival celebration through online mode. Deepawali is a festival of lights which is coming on 14 November 2020 and UP govt. has started a website for virtual flame lamp festival. People can now light a diya online without being physically present in the lighting festival owing to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
UP Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Online Portal
It is proposed that the Ayodhya residents will illuminate the temple town by lighting 5,51,000 earthen lamps on the eve of Diwali. This lightning festival celebration would be the biggest lights event in the world and thus would be recorded in the Guinness World Record book. The diyas will be lit along with ‘Ram Ki Pairi’, all mutts, temples and homes so that the whole temple town is lit up brightly.
Participate in Diwali Festival Celebration at Virtual Deepotsav Website
In addition to these physical lamp lighting, UP govt. will also start Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Online Portal. This UP Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Website will be for those people who cannot remain physically present at the flame lamp festival. Such people can now light their own diya and participate in Diwali lighting celebrations from their home.
World Record of UP Diwali Lighting Lamp Festival
Ayodhya Deepotsav is a Guinness world record holder which was started by earlier CM Yogi Adityanath in 2017. Lakhs of diyas are lit to illuminate the ghats of holy Saryu and the entire Ayodhya town to mark Deepawali celebrations. Diwali is the homecoming ceremony of Lord Ram along with Sita and brother Lakshman after an exile of 14 years.
Official Launch of Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Portal
For the year 2020, in order to make people participate in the event virtually, the Uttar Pradesh state government would launch the website on 13 November on Deepawali eve. PM Narendra Modi is likely to take part in virtual celebration of Diwali 2020 which will take place in Ayodhya’s Sri Ramlala Darbar.
The state govt. has decided to light up over 5.5 lakh diyas (lamps) on this occasion and people have been invited to take part in the ceremony virtually. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several restrictions have been laid to ensure the celebration is carried out smoothly. This year’s ceremony is going to be special as it comes months after the laying of the foundation stone for Ram Temple in August.
UP Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Online Portal Features
The UP Ayodhya virtual deepotsav portal features will be no less real than the actual one. So, the new Ayodhya Deepotsav website will enable a never before real experience and its important features would be as follows:-
- Ayodhya Virtual Deepotsav Online Portal will have a portrait of Sri Ram Lalla Virajman before which the virtual lamps will be lit.
- Ayodhya Deepotsav Portal will have a facility to pick up the lamp-stand of one’s choice i.e steel, brass or any other material.
- An option of using ghee or oil will also be available for devotees.
- Not only this, the hands of the person lighting up the lamp on the website would be based on whether the devotee is a man or a woman.
- After the lamps are lit, based on the details of the devotees, a thank you digital letter carrying the picture of Shri Ram Lalla from the UP CM will also be issued.
The web portal will be up before the main event on 13 November 2020 to be available for common people.
COVID-19 Protocols to be Followed in Ayodhya Deepotsav Festival
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had issued instructions to make the Ayodhya Deepotsav grand this time but has also cautioned that there should be no breach of Covid-19 protocol. CM has also issued directives to hold different daily rituals by ensuring that all Covid-19 protocols were adhered to. The security was beefed up and all events were cancelled in twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad on 9 November 2020, which marks the first anniversary of the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court of India.
On one hand, frisking of the vehicles heading towards Ram temple site was intensified in Ayodhya. On the other hand, ban was imposed on celebrating 1st anniversary of the deliverance of apex court order by which the 2.77 acre disputed land was handed over to Hindu parties and five-acre land allocated to the Sunni Waqf Board in Dhannipur village under Sohawal tehsil in Ayodhya district to construct a mosque. On 5 August 2020, PM Modi had come down to Ayodhya to perform Bhoomi Pujan to pave way for the construction of the Ram temple at his birthplace.