As part of Diwali celebrations this year, the First Lady of South Korea will attend the Deepotsava, a mega event organised by the Uttar Pradesh government, to showcase Ayodhya's heritage this year.
Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, has invited Kim Jung-sook, the wife of South Korean president Moon Jae-In to attend the mega event.
Unlike last year, this year, it will be a three-day mega event held on 4, 5, 6 November. Governor Ram Naik, the CM, cabinet ministers and thousands of pilgrims will converge at the temple town to celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. The river Sarayu will be lit with thousands of diyas in the evening on the third day. It is this event that the First Lady will be attending , as reported by the New Indian Express.
The occasion will also be used for laying the foundation stone for Queen Suriratna Memorial Project in honour of the Ayodhyan princess who went to Korea in AD 48 and married the King there. Called as Queen Hur Hwang-ok by the Koreans, a lot of their countrymen trace their lineage back to her. To strengthen this cultural bond, an international ‘Sister City’ agreement was also signed in 2001.
Foreign media has also been invited to give worldwide coverage and put Ayodhya on the global map.
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