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From Decked Up Streets To ‘Jai Shri Ram’ On First Flight: Ayodhya’s Mega Facelift For Mandir Opening | Highlights

Ayodhya welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with vibrant folk performances and inaugurated key infrastructure, marking a transformative day for the city on the eve of the historic Ram temple consecration ceremony.

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PM Modi In Ayodhya.
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Ayodhya, renowned for its cultural richness, unfolded a spectacular tapestry of folk traditions on Saturday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the city. The vibrant streets resonated with the beats of the 'Dedhiya' dance from Uttar Pradesh and the colorful performance of 'Choliya' from Uttarakhand, creating a warm welcome for the esteemed guest.

Prime Minister Modi, arriving at Ayodhya airport around 11 am, embarked on a mesmerizing roadshow en route to the recently redeveloped Ayodhya Dham Railway Station, a journey that encapsulated the essence of India's diverse cultural heritage. The streets were adorned with large crowds, eagerly anticipating the prime minister's arrival.

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In a momentous series of inaugurations, Prime Minister Modi unveiled Ayodhya's upgraded railway junction and the Maharshi Valmiki airport. Demonstrating his commitment to improved connectivity, he virtually flagged off two Amrit Bharat Express and six Vande Bharat Express trains from the Ayodhya Dham Junction.

The roadshow, beginning from the Ayodhya Bypass and traversing the main city through Dharm Path, witnessed enthusiastic crowds lining up along barricaded streets. As Modi's carcade made its way towards the railway station, diverse groups of artists from across the country welcomed him, adding an artistic flair to the festivities.

Ayodhya's Cultural Showcase: A Symphony of Dance and Tradition

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Different groups of performers showcased their unique folk dances, transforming the roadshow into a cultural extravaganza. Women from Rajasthan mesmerized with the rhythmic 'Chakri' dance, while a troupe from Prayagraj transported the audience with the ancient 'Dedhiya' dance form. Preeti Singh, lead dancer of the 'Dedhiya' group, explained the dance's connection to Lord Ram's life and its significance in warding off evil eyes.

The streets were graced with women dancers twirling in colorful costumes, carrying pots with flickering lamps, infusing the atmosphere with traditional fervor. 'Dhobiya' dance from Ghaziabad and 'Badhawa' performance by women from Ayodhya and Lucknow added more layers to the cultural mosaic.

Artistic Impressions Along Modi's Route

As Modi's carcade moved along the designated route, the Ram Path was transformed into a visual spectacle. Decorated with flowers, especially around the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk roundabout, and adorned with sun-themed ornamental columns ('Surya Stambhs'), the route exuded a festive charm.

Huge posters bearing images of Prime Minister Modi and Ayodhya's Ram temple, set for consecration on January 22, were displayed at regular intervals, amplifying the anticipation surrounding the upcoming event. The streets echoed with the resonant beats of the 'Dhobiya' dance, enriching the artistic journey.

Inaugural Flight Takes Off from Ayodhya Airport

The Ayodhya airport, now Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, witnessed its historic moment as the first IndiGo flight took off from Delhi to Ayodhya. Captain Ashutosh Shekhar expressed pride in commanding this significant flight, emphasizing the joy shared by IndiGo and the passengers. The announcement concluded with a spirited "Jai Shree Ram," echoing the celebratory mood.

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Inaugural Run of Amrit Bharat Express: Ayodhya-Darbhanga Journey with Schoolchildren and More

As part of the grand inaugural run, the Ayodhya-Darbhanga Amrit Bharat Express carried over 1,200 'souvenir pass' holders, including schoolchildren, teachers, journalists, and railway employees. The pass holders were part of the momentous journey, symbolizing the inclusive celebration of Ayodhya's enhanced connectivity.

The Amrit Bharat Express, set to officially commence operations on January 1, promises a seamless travel experience. Students on board praised the train's cleanliness, innovative features like mobile holders and foot-operated water taps, and the smooth journey. The train, equipped with unique features, will contribute to Ayodhya's growing connectivity.

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