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The historic city of Ayodhya welcomed over 50 lakh devotees who thronged the birthplace of Lord Ram to welcome the New Year 2023. While the city of lights had witnessed a massive 30 lakh devotees in 2022, the number of devotees rose to 50 lakh this year, reports said.

Lakhs of people united in the name of Lord Ram to bid collective farewell to the year 2022, and entered into the New Year with hopes and aspirations.

While many people celebrated the Zero Night and the New Year at hotels, clubs and restaurants, these over 50 lakh devotees chose to start the New Year 2023 with the blessings of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. They were seen dancing to the tunes of Lord Ram’s songs as they welcomed the New Year amidst dazzling lights and bustling energy.

The city of Ayodhya also dazzled due to the lightings and diya decorations in temples and river banks. It seems like New Year in Ayodhya has become more than just a celebration.

On the other hand, pre-empting a heavy footfall, heavy security and crowd management arrangements have been put in place by Ayodhya police.

Speaking to IANS, Ayodhya SSP, Muniraj G, said, “Relying on reports from different government departments, we are prepared to manage about 50 lakh people in Ayodhya on the first day of the New Year. We have arranged about a dozen cranes at different points on all roads leading to Ayodhya to deal with any road accidents. All police response vehicles equipped with tools to deal with any eventuality on roads have been deployed.”

“Special arrangements have also been made at various temples to streamline the rush of devotees. Required route diversions have been put in place and additional forces have been put in place to professionally manage the movement of pilgrims round-the-clock,” he added.

 

(With input from IANS)

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