Ayodhya lights up with 22 lakh diyas on Diwali eve
Written by Shresta Dutt on November 13, 2023
A total of 25,000 volunteers lit 22,23 lakh ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) at the 51 ghats of Ram Ki Paidi along the river; this is 6.47 lakh more than last year. More than 22 lakh diyas were lit up on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya during the seventh edition of the Deepotsav on the eve of Diwali on Saturday, setting a new Guinness World record for lighting the highest number of lamps simultaneously at the same place.
A total of 25,000 volunteers lit 22,23 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) at 51 ghats of Ram Ki Paidi along the river; this is 6.47 lakh more than last year.
After Guinness Book of World Records representatives, who used drones to count the lamps, announced the title of the world record, Ayodhya erupted with the chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Since the city was given the award yesterday, social media has been buzzing with posts appreciating the visual spectacle from Ayodhya. Diplomats from 54 countries also attended the grand celebration in Ayodhya.
UP Governor Anandiben Patel, State Ministers Rakesh Sachan and Jaiveer Singh, and UP Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, among others, attended the aarti.