On the auspicious eve of Diwali, a record of six lakh earthen lamps illuminated the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. This event has hit the Guinness World Record. The chief minister Yogi Adityanath declares the lighting of lamps as a part of the state government’s Deepotsav celebrations.

Ayodhya

“Last year’s record was of three lakh one thousand one hundred eighty-six ‘diyaas’ at the ghat. This time about 4 lakh 10 thousand ‘diyaas’ lit the ghat,” Uttar Pradesh government’s Director Information Shishir said. “This was announced by Guinness World Records representative and is a new record. Apart from this, more than two lakh ‘diyaas’ were lit elsewhere than the ghat. In all, more than 6 lakh ‘diyaas’ was lit.”

The Uttar Pradesh’s Department of Tourism and Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh University organized the grand event. The students took care of the lighting of the lamp. Moreover, the drone cameras aided to monitor the effort. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel performed ‘aarti’ at the ghat.

It’s significance

According to Hindu mythology diwali signifies the celebration of the return of Lord Ram after 14 years in exile. As Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram so people light earthen lamps to celebrate his return.
The artists carried out a tableau procession where they portrayed Lord Rama and Sita to mark the beginning of the festivities.
CM Adityanath addressed the people on the occasion where he said, “The previous governments were scared of Ayodhya and never wanted to come here. In my tenure of two-and-half years, I visited Ayodhya around 18 times. Whenever I come, I bring schemes worth hundreds of crores for this place.”

Therefore, the chief minister on this occasion also inaugurated and laid the foundation of various schemes worth Rs 226 crore.

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