If you can’t change the conditions, change the name. This phrase seems to be the new slogan of Yogi Adityanath’s government. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today announced that from now on, Faizabad district will be called Ayodhya. According to the ANI report, Yogi Adityanath said, “Ayodhya symbolises our pride, it gets recognition from Lord Ram. From now, Faizabad district will also be known as Ayodhya.”
According to Hindu Mythology, Ayodhya is the place where Lord Rama was born. That Ayodhya is located in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Since Yogi Adityanath has come into power, he has changed many names of city, railway station etc. Last month the Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved the proposal of changing the name of Allahabad as Prayagraj. Prior to that, Mughalsarai station was renamed to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay station.
Yogi Adityanath announced some other things, too. He said that a medical college, named after Ram’s father King Dasharatha, will be established in Ayodhya, and an airport will be built named after Ram.
Adityanath was speaking to the people through a stage meant to celebrate Diwali. The celebration was organised by the state. South Korea’s First Lady Kim Jung-sook also joined Yogi Adityanath in celebrating the festival. She also celebrated a ceremony for a memorial for a legendary Korean queen in Ayodhya. According to some Korean mythology, a princess came from Kingdom Ayodhya to settle in Korea about 2000 years ago.
Lady Kim is in India on a four days visit. She has plans of visiting Taj Mahal, saryu river and some other place nearby Uttar Pradesh.
Last year too, in 2017, Yogi Adityanath visited in Ayodhya to celebrate Diwali. Buzz spread in media on why was he celebrating Diwali when India is a secular state? That time, Yogi Adityanath cleared himself by saying that he is a human too, and he celebrated Diwali because of his personal beliefs.