It was indeed a grand Diwali celebration in Ayodhya this year. On Wednesday, the ghats along the banks of River Sarayu were lit with 1,87,213 diyas. Team members of the Guinness Records captured the moment in a camcorder and confirmed that 1,87,213 diyas were lit. According to reports, the city is now awaiting the confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records office for the most number of diyas lit.
Earlier, this feat was achieved by Dera Sacha Sauda for lighting 1,50,009 diyas before Diwali last year in September.
This event at Ram Ki Paidi at Ayodhya was organized by a Gujarat-based event management company called Imagination. Reports say that the verification of the record will be made in a few days time.
Prof Manoj Dixit, vice chancellor of Avadh Faizabad University told TOI:
“The weather was favourable to us with no breeze; that helped us through and through. If all goes well, we will make this a Diwali tradition in Ayodhya now to be followed every year.”
Hundreds of volunteers including NCC cadets were roped in to organize this mega event. This event has garnered attention of thousands of Hindus in India and abroad. Twitterati expressed their joy and pride. They also pointed out at the fact that this great day is a first since Independence.
After a long wait.
What a sight!! Took us 70 years to do this one simple thing, light up Ayodhya on Deepawali as if must have been lit on that fateful day! https://t.co/uFFmmNZDXn
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— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) October 18, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 18, 2017
Blessed to be a witness.
— सत्यसाधक/Truthseeker (@RituRathaur) October 18, 2017
Getting its glory back.
— Sriram🏌 (@srirambjp) October 18, 2017
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) October 18, 2017
A favorite tourist destination.
— Raushan Raj (@AskRaushan) October 18, 2017
Symbol of peace.
Muslims must support Construction of Ram Mandir in #DiwaliInAyodhya
Maryada Purushottam Ram is a symbol of Humanity,love,peace.
— Er Mujib Ansari 🇮🇳 (@Mujibansari6) October 18, 2017
Getting its due for the first time.
— Naina 🇮🇳 (@NaIna0806) October 18, 2017
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