The north Indian city of Ayodhya has broken a world record by lighting over 300,000 lamps on the occasion of Diwali on Wednesday.
Diwali, spelled as Deepawali in some places, is the famous ‘festival of lights' celebrated to commemorate the legendary homecoming of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya after seven years in exile, as inscribed in the mythological epic Ramayana.
According to Hindu mythology, after defeating the demon king Ravana, King Rama was welcomed by the people of Ayodhya by lighting lamps in front of their homes and on streets.
I am fortunate to capture this in my eyes & heart. 3 Lacs Diyas lit in Ayodhya. Getting goosebumps 🙏 pic.twitter.com/V8e06tSe0W— Shantanu Gupta (@shantanug_) November 6, 2018
On diwali Ayodhya Over 3 lakh diyas lit on banks of Saryu river in new Guiness world record vry nice pic.twitter.com/aqvmAOILc3— Priya Gupta (@Priya_Gupta9) November 8, 2018
Ayodhya Deepostav 2018 enters Guinness Book of Record for lighting 3,01,152 earthen lamps, on the bank of River Sarayu. pic.twitter.com/HVZmKM63CU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 6, 2018
"301,152 lamps were lit simultaneously for five minutes on the banks of the Sarayu River, which runs through the holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, beating a 2016 record held in Haryana," a release by the local authority read.
The event in Ayodhya was attended by South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook. Kim began her tour by offering tribute at the Queen Heo Memorial and attending a ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial. Many South Koreans trace their linkages to Queen Heo who was an Indian princess before marrying the King of South Korea in AD 48. An international ‘Sister City' agreement was signed between India and South Korea in 2001 to strengthen this linkage.