During Diwali, the whole of India was dressed up beautifully, but the city of Ayodhya took it a notch higher by lighting the most number of diyas ever. The city of Uttar Pradesh saw over 3,00,00 flickering clay lamps this year, making it a Guiness World Record holder. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus around the world as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and in India particularly, the festival of lights is considered the most important festival of the year, where it is celebrated mainly by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains,
For this year’s celebration, Ayodhya lit up approx. 301,152 diyas or clay lamps, on the banks of the river Saryu and kept them burning for 45 minutes to earn the Guinness record for largest display of oil lamps. Ayodhya tried to set a record last year but didn’t succeed because strong winds blew over many of the lamps. But this time, they made sure to pour oil frequently into the lamps and to block out any wind with sheets rather proactively. There were around 5,000 volunteers involved in the ceremony in Ayodhya.
The record-breaking event was attended by South Korea’s First Lady – Kim Jung-sook, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Like a quintessential Diwali, celebrations took off with firework displays and beautiful rangoli adorned every corner of the event. There were also performances from Laotian, Russian, Indian and Trinidadian artists that had taken the extravaganza a notch higher.
The event has helped put Ayodhya on the map with accolades and applause being showered on India from across the globe. The illuminating visuals not only mesmerised the spectators on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, but also help Ayodhya win a name in the Guinness Book of World Records.