UTTAR PRADESH: The Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of ‘Faizabad’ and ‘Ayodhya’ on the banks of the river Saryu, will be known as Ayodhya, said the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
“Faizabad district of the state, of which Ayodhya city is a part would be restored to its original name and would be known as Ayodhya”, Yogi said while addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of Deepavali celebration here.
“Ayodhya is a symbol of our pride and prestige and it owes its identity to Lord Ram, I want to make sure that Lord Ram's legacy stay forever" he added.
The announcement comes days after the Uttar Pradesh government officially renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj.
Yogi also announced various developmental projects including the construction of a medical college in Ayodhya. He revealed that it would be named after Lord Ram's father, in the epic Ramayana, Raja Dashrath.
He added that an airport would be constructed in Ayodhya and will be named after Lord Ram.
Earlier the name of Allahabad was in changed to Prayagraj by the UP government. The proposal to change the name was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on October 16.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, ”Two holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, join in Allahabad, there is a ‘raj’ of all ‘prayag’ (confluence of rivers), and therefore, Allahabad is also known as Prayag Raj”.
Earlier, several people had questioned the state government’s move to rename Allahabad. The UP Chief Minister had justified the changing of the name and claimed that the names hold great significance in India and connect all with the glorious tradition.
“In this country, the name holds a lot of significance and the name connects us with our glorious tradition. Majority of names in India were connected with Lord Ram and the names were important in our culture and society", he had said
Recently, the UP government renamed the Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction.