South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook celebrated Diwali in Ayodhya, where she was treated to a dazzling display of over three lakh earthen lamps on the ghats of the Sarayu river, besides a spectacular sound-and-light show.
Kim, who attended the “Deepotsav” function at the Ram ki Paidi, also performed a ceremonial “aarti” along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the venue, before being treated to the display of over three lakh “diya” and the sound-and-light show on the water surface.
Earlier in the day, after arriving in Ayodhya around 2:30 pm from Lucknow in a special chopper, Kim began her tour by offering tributes at the Queen Heo Memorial. Accompanied by Adityanath, she attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary princess of Ayodhya, who went to Korea and married a king there in 48 AD.
From there, she went to attend the festivities at the Ram Katha Park, where she was greeted by artists donning the avatar of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, who arrived at the Park in a ceremonial chopper as part of the “Ram Durbar”. Kim garlanded “Sita” as they got off the helicopter and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Adityanath welcomed “Lord Ram” and “Laxman”.
In her address at the park, she recalled the historic ties between India and Korea and said she prayed for both the countries as they moved towards a future of peace and prosperity together. “Darkness cannot defeat light and if we all light lamps together, we can remove any darkness,” she said in Korean. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed delight that Kim wore a saree at the event and tweeted pictures of her.