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Devotees take holy dip at Saryu in Ayodhya on Ram Navmi

On Ramnavmi, Ayodhya witnesses lakhs of devotees

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Saryu River: Wikimedia Commons

Lakhs of devotees took a holy dip in the Saryu river in Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama, on Friday as Ram Navmi was celebrated with traditional fervour here.

Heavy barricading was in place at the banks of the river and foolproof security bandobast were in place on all entry and exit points.

The festivities began at the Saryu banks and then at Kanak Bhawan.

Important places like the Totadri Mutt, Birla Dharmshala, Madiramdas ji Chhawni, Ram Vallabh Kunj, Janki Mahal, Asharfi Bhawan, Sugriva Kila, Koshlesh Sadan have been decked up for the festival that is underway at more than 10,000 temples in the city of Faizabad.

ATS commandos, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been put on duty keeping in mind the alert sounded by central and state intelligence units of a possible terror plot to target the large gathering on Ram Navmi.

A total of 23 close circuit TV cameras have been installed to keep an eye on people’s movement in the town, a security official told IANS. (IANS)

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    Ram navmi- the last day of a religious nine day festival navratra.This is celebrated on the arrival of Lord Shri Ram to Ayodhya after 14 yrs

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Ayodhya to have World’s Tallest Lord Rama Statue

Adityanath has said that a plan should be prepared for overall development of Ayodhya, too

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Lord Ram's Ayodhya statue to be world's tallest. Wikimedia Commons

The proposed statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya will now get taller, in fact it will be the tallest in the country. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adittyanath said the statue would be 251 metres tall and would be installed on an 100 acre site.

This was decided at a meeting held in Lucknow late on Monday. The Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat is 183 metres tall. An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed with the Gujarat government for technical assistance.

Adityanath has said that a plan should be prepared for overall development of Ayodhya, too. “There should be arrangements for basic tourist facilities along with the digital museum, interpretation centre, library, parking, food plaza, landscaping based on the theme of Lord Shri Ram,” he stated.

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Adityanath has said that a plan should be prepared for overall development of Ayodhya, too. Flickr

It was also decided that trust under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister will be constituted. A separate unit of State Manufacturing Corporation will be set up for the purpose of this project, structure, bidding operation and construction work.

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For the site survey of the project, environmental assessment and feasibility study, assistance will be sought from IIT Kanpur and Nagpur-based NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), a constituent laboratory of CSIR.

The 251-metre Lord Ram statue will be the world’s tallest. The Statue of Liberty in New York is 93 metres, Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue in Mumbai is 137.2 metres, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s in Gujarat is 183 meters, Gautam Buddha’s statue in China is 208 meters and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue in Mumbai is 212 meters. (IANS)