Yogi inaugurates 'Lata Mangeshkar Chowk' in Ayodhya
Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Wednesday inaugurated the spectacular 'Lata Mangeshkar Chowk' in Ayodhya on the banks of the Saryu river, featuring a 40-ft-long and 12-metre-high ‘Veena’ weighing 14 tones, 92 lotuses depicting her 92 years of existence and seven pillars representing the seven notes (saat sur).
Paying rich tributes to the Bharat Ratna awardee and legendary singer on her 93rd birth anniversary, Yogi Adityanath said, “Great Lata didi dedicated her entire life to art and music and sang most ‘bhajans’ of Lord Rama. I am honoured to inaugurate the 'Lata Mangeshkar Chowk' leading to the Grand Ram Temple road in Ayodhya today. It is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest Indian icons.” The government is committed to honour every individual who has contributed to the nation's development in any manner, he added.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the spectacular intersection in the presence of Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, Mahant Nrityagopal Das, Jaiveer Singh and other dignitaries. “Under the inspiration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lata Didi’s first memorial has been built in the holy city of Lord Rama to whom she devoted her entire life. Just as this intersection, every road in Ayodhya, every corner should be developed as grandly to present the city as the most beautiful one before the entire world,” he said.
Stating that the double-engine government is determined to develop every place in Uttar Pradesh having religious and spiritual significance, Yogi Adityanath said, “The government will continue to develop our religious places, however, public participation is a must to fulfil the vision. Everyone must contribute towards a clean, hygienic, plastic-free and beautiful Ayodhya.”
The CM continued, “We must take forward the beautification work of Ayodhya in a time-bound manner so that as the under-construction grand Ram Temple gets ready, the world gets to witness Ayodhya as the most well-planned and beautiful city as it was during ‘Tretayuga’.” This ‘Deepotsava’, along with the grand celebrations by the government, every house in Ayodhya must light a ‘Diya’ and add to the grandeur of the holy festival, he added.
Maintaining that Ayodhya underwent massive transformation in the span of the last 5.5 years, the CM said, “The developed and widened roads, beautified ‘ghats’ and other places in Ayodhya have impressed everyone coming to the city lately. We must take forward our responsibility with commitment.”
“PM Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission and today our villages and cities are cleaner, whereas, 8 years ago, the first thing people witnessed on visiting villages and cities was filth and garbage”, Yogi pointed out. He said that not just Ayodhya, but the entire state is being developed. The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, under the leadership of PM Modi, has been revamped and witnessed crores of devotees during the holy month of Shravan, he remarked. “Development of religious and spiritual places by the government is not only a means of respecting the religious faith of public, but also a medium of generating employment opportunities for the youth in the state,” he said.
Lata Ji’s music touched souls: G Kishan Reddy
Union Culture and Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy on the occasion said that Bharat Ratna Lata Ji was a magician and that her music touched souls. “Classics like ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo’ will continue to inspire generations and will fill them with patriotism. Lata Didi’s life is no less than an inspiration for all,” Reddy said.
The Union Minister added that being a Telugu speaker, he also remembered Lata ji's songs in Telugu language and said that the legendary singer mastered the art of conveying emotions through her voice in different languages. He also expressed happiness over the efforts being made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with the inspiration of PM Modi for the overall development of Ayodhya.
Ayodhya special issue magazine published by Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan and 10 volumes of Global Encyclopaedia of Ramayana were also released on the occasion.
Lata Mangeshkar’s family members Aditynath and Krishna Mangeshkar, who were also present there were seen getting emotional during the inauguration of the ‘chowk’. Sharing his memories, Adinath said that Lata didi's day started with worshipping Lord Rama, and that he was overwhelmed to see her divine and grand memorial built in the holy city of Ayodhya.