Volunteers in northern India lit nearly 200k earthen lamps on eve of Diwali
A team of volunteers lit 187, 213 earthen lamps in India’s northern Ayodhya city on Wednesday (October 18), a day ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali and reportedly set a world record.
Organiser of the event and Awadh University Vice Chancellor, Manoj Dixit, said according to numbers provided by the Guinness World Record officials, the current record has surpassed the previous one by a margin of 30,000.
The previous record was held by the sect of controversial godman, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has recently been jailed for raping two of his women followers.
The 3-km-long bank of river Sarayu in the holy city glistened when all the lamps were lit by students of the university and people drawn from various walks of life. Adding to its shine was 22-minute laser show, which showed various facets of Ramayana, a Hindu epic.
Chief of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath who was present on the occasion gave out a clarion call that it was right time that the positivity associated with the city of Ayodhya should be spread to the world, and mentioned that the city would be a tourist hub in the near future.
The festival of Diwali marks the return of Hindu Lord Rama to Ayodhya city in northern India after he defeated Ravana – the powerful demon king of Lanka (presently called Sri Lanka) – and rescued his wife Sita.
Ayodhya is a controversial place too.
Tradition holds that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Many Hindus believe that the exact spot of his inception was where, in 1992, the Babri Mosque was razed, which triggered some of India’s worst riots that killed about 2,000 people.