School and college children light diyas at the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya
6:00 pm: "Ayodhya is the land of humanity. We taught the world about humanity through the legend of Ram rajya," said the Chief Minister.
5:40 pm: "Those opposed to Lord Ram cannot stop us from developing Ayodhya," says UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
5:30 pm: Artists dressed as Ram, Sita and Laxman reach Ayodhya via helicopter as another helicopter showered flowers.
Chants of "Jai Shri Ram" echoed on the banks of the Saryu river as actors portraying the roles of Lord Rama and Sita arrived here on a chopper decked up to resemble the mythological Pushpak Viman - in a recreation of Lord Rama`s return from 14 years of exile to Ayodhya.
5:20 pm: Adityanath and state Governor Ram Naik distribute allotment letters to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Ayodhya.
The chief minister, who is mahant or the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math (temple), will also perform aarti on the banks of Saryu river.
The diyas will be also lit on the banks of river Saryu to project the rich cultural heritage of Ayodhya - Lord Ram's birthplace.
A series of fuctions and performances have been scheduled for the evening, to celebrate Diwali.