The Deepostav festival celebrations in Ayodhya by Uttar Pradesh government was as grand as it could get. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath not only made some big announcements, but also organised multiple events at Ram Katha Park that had scores of citizens arriving to witness the festival. One such moment was the grand welcome accorded to the actors who depicted Ram and Sita at the celebrations. Fully dressed to resemble their ethereal avatars, they arrived in a chopper, and were even garlanded by the UP CM.
After their performance, the duo spoke about the experience in an interview with ANI. Ankur, who played Ram, is still finding it hard to believe the opportunity he received. “I don’t have words to express, this is a proud moment. I don’t think something like that will ever happen with me again. I got to live the moment.”
The performance turned out to be all the more special for Ankur as it was the first time he came to Ayodhya, “I’m feeling good to see the beautiful visuals, and it’s lovely to see 4 lakh ‘diyas’ lit.” He was also asked about building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and he expressed his support to the initiative.
Delhi-based Keerti, who portrayed the role of Sita, said, “I’m feeling very good, receiving extremely positive vibes. In fact, I was thinking since I have become Sita, what qualities of Sita that I need to bring out of myself. So the only thing I thought is as youth or as women, we need to live with that much of dignity and self-respect. The message I want to give is to have the never-give-up spirit. The visuals are so beautiful. I will come again if ever I get the opportunity.”
South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook was the chief guest at the Deepostav celebrations. Yogi Adityanath announced the renaming of the district Faizabad to 'Sri Ayodhya', and the plans to build the Ram Ji Ki Paidi, a medical college and hospital in the name of Lord Ram's father and King of Ayodhya Dashrath, and an airport in the name of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.