The Land of Lord Rama, Ayodhya, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after lighting up 15.76 lakh diyas! Yes, you read that correctly!
On the occasion of Chotti Diwali, a grand celebration was held at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of the revered Saryu River. The event was made possible by the efforts of 19000 volunteers. A total of 17 lakh earthen lamps were lit along Ram Ki Paidi’s 37 ghats.
However, the Guinness Book of World Records only considered diyas that remained lit for five minutes or more. In addition, the diyas had to be lit within 40 minutes, as required by the world records firm.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the event. He was the chief guest at the event. Following the event’s success, the Prime Minister presented the prestigious achievement certificate to state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The ghat was surrounded by over 50000 people when the grand record was set.
The ghats were illuminated at 5:15 p.m. sharp. An official from the Guinness Book of Records was on hand to record everything. “We’re going to count how many lamps stay lit for five minutes,” he explained. Drones have been deployed to record the proceedings, which we will review before declaring the final count.”
The crowd continued to chant and cheer Jai Shree Ram. Following the programme, a 3D holographic projection of a few key episodes from the epic Ramayana began. It was one of the show-stopping moments.
The UP government also paid tribute to Lata Mangeshkar at the end of the show, playing Ram bhajans sung by the legendary singer.
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