With COVID-19 altering the way we do things, the celebrations at the Ram Ki Paidi ghat this Diwali in Ayodhya are also set to change. The Deepotsav, also called the festival of earthen lamps, celebrated every year in Ayodhya this year will lack audience.
However, devotees will still be able to participate virtually to witness the enchanting event that would be streamed live from Uttar Pradesh. The changes have been made in the light of COVID-19 being a spoilsport for over six months now.
“Due to the pandemic, people will not be allowed to attend the event like previous years,” Ayodhya mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay said. However, he added that the government has come up with a diverse way to allow people to join the event.
“There will be an online option to click ‘diyas’ and ensure your participation in the event,” said Upadhyay. The government, in the coming months, will also open a portal where it will provide a URL for online participation.
Deepotsav is a grand event being celebrated in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram since 2017. The administration has also identified as many as 208 temples across Ayodhya where Deepotsav would be celebrated.
In other temples, which have no financial resources, the Ayodhya administration will provide assistance. The Ram Janmabhoomi campus will also be lit up with ‘diyas’ and a special prayer will be organised at these temples.
This year, nine days ‘Ayodhya ki Ramlila’ will be performed at Laxman Quila on the banks of the Saryu. The event will start on October 17 and end on September 25. Several Bollywood stars would perform at the event.