Officials say 1.75 lakh diyas or earthen lamps will be lit in the evening as part of “Deepotsav”- a world record is certainly one of the goals – and there will be an aarti on the banks of the river Saryu by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Sixty potters in Ayodhya were hired to make the massive haul of earthen lamps.

“Diwali is a big festival and there is a belief behind the celebration of Diwali. The Diwali of Ayodhya becomes the unique event in the whole world, we want to showcase that in front of whole world. For that we have organised a special event along with other saints and cultural institutions,” said Yogi Adityanath hours before heading to Ayodhya.

Prominent buildings and ghats will be illuminated to attract tourists. The objective of the entire programme will be to promote Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, as a tourist destination. A heritage walk, a ‘yatra’ reminiscing the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya, and the launch of several schemes by the chief minister and other dignitaries will be part of the programme.

A grand “aarti” of River Saryu will also be performed by Chief Minister Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik followed a 22-minute laser show with special sound effects on Ramayana, which has been touted as the major attraction during the mega event at Ram Katha Park.