Close on the heels of renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj, On Tuesday Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday announced that Faizabad district will henceforth be known as Ayodhya.
“Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘aan, baan aur shaan’ (honour, pride and prestige)” he said in the pilgrim town, about 120 km from state capital Lucknow.
“Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” he said, adding that the holy city is identified by Lord Ram.
Adityanath was speaking on the occasion of “Deepotsav” on Diwali eve.
He also announced setting up of a new airport in Ayodhya, named after Lord Ram, and a medical college in the name of King Dashrath, father of Lord Ram, in the district.
“Deepotsav is about starting a new tradition,” Adityanath said at the event at Katha Park which was also attended by South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook.
Several projects, including redevelopment and beautification of ‘Ram Ki Paidi’ and stoppage of sewage disposal in Saryu river, were launched at the event.
South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook is in India on her first foreign visit without being accompanied by husband and nation’s President Moon Jae-in. Ayodhya prominently features on her four-day visit to India. She is a state quest for Diwali celebrations in India
In July this year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea (RoK) for the “expansion” of Queen Suriratna Memorial Project. A joint project that traces India and South Korea’s cultural history back to AD 48.
The Ayodhya connection of South Korea gained currency at the turn of the 21st century. Kimhae mayor led a delegation to Ayodhya in February 2000.