Ayodhya Deepotsav 2023: During the seventh edition of the Deepotsav on the eve of Diwali on Saturday, more than 22 lakh diyas were lighted up on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya, setting a new Guinness World record for lighting the most number of lights simultaneously at the same area.
25,000 volunteers lighted 22,23 lakh diyas (earthen lights) at Ram Ki Paidi’s 51 ghats along the river, which is 6.47 lakh more than the previous year.
Ayodhya erupted with screams of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ when Guinness Book of World Records personnel, who employed drones to count the lamps, revealed the world record title. Since the city received the honor yesterday, social media has been flooded with tweets praising Ayodhya’s visual extravaganza. Diplomats from 54 nations also attended Ayodhya’s magnificent celebration.
The aarti was attended by UP Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, UP Governor Anandiben Patel, State Ministers Rakesh Sachan and Jaiveer Singh, and, among others.
Anurag Thakur, India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sambit Patra, Chairman of the board of directors of the India Tourism Development Corporation, and numerous other politicians shared photos and videos from the event on X (previously known as Twitter).
“When the Deepotsav program began, it felt as if everyone had just one wish, and that was the building of the temple (Ram Temple”),” Adityanath stated during the ceremonies. “The creation of lord Ram’s temple (Ram Temple) strengthens the foundation of ‘Ram Rajya’, which was founded in India by Prime Minister Modi in the last 9.5 years,” he said.