Ayodhya, Oct 23: Volunteers from Uttar Pradesh’s Avadh University on Sunday broke the record of lighting the most diyas (earthen lamps) on Diwali in Ayodhya by lighting over 15 lakh lamps at the Ram ki Paidi ghats in Ayodhya.
This year’s Diwali in Ayodhya is the grandest yet as it is the first ‘Deepotsav’ (festival of lamps) of the second term of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present at the event which featured laser shows and fireworks.
Over 20,000 volunteers were involved in lighting 15,76,000 diyas. The lamps were placed at important intersections and spots in the town as well. Five animated tableaux and 11 Ramlila tableaux showcased dance forms from different states during the Deepotsav.
Meanwhile, representatives from Guinness World Records handed over the certificate to CM Yogi Adityanath.
PM Modi and Yogi Adityanath displayed the Guinness Record certificate on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who landed in Ayodhya to take part in the Deepotsav, also extended his Diwali wishes to the country.
अवधपुरी अति रुचिर बनाई।
देवन्ह सुमन बृष्टि झरि लाई।।
लाखों दीयों से जगमगा रही अयोध्या नगरी में भव्य और दिव्य दीपोत्सव का दृश्य मन को मोह लेने वाला है। pic.twitter.com/AgWPExywWD
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 23, 2022
Earlier in the day, PM Modi also offered prayers to Ram Lalla at Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya. This is PM Modi’s first visit to Ayodhya after a “bhoomi pujan” for the construction of a Ram temple on August 5, 2020.
The prime minister also performed the Rajyabhishek of the symbolic Lord Ram in Ayodhya.