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More than one and a half million diya lamps were simultaneously lit in the Indian city of Ayodhya. The event was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This world record was registered by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, according to The Times of India.
On the night of Monday, October 24, more than 19 thousands of volunteers placed and lit 1.576 million diyas on 37 descents to the sacred for the Hindus river Saryu (Ghagra). The record was prepared within three days. To install it, the volunteers had to light all the lamps within 40 minutes, and the representatives of the Guinness Book of Records took into account only those that remained lit for at least five minutes.
The traditional solemn lighting of the lamps on the eve of the main Hindu Diwali, which this year is celebrated on October 24, takes place in Ayodhya, because according to legend, the god-hero Rama was born in this city – the main character of the Indian epic “Ramayana”.
Diya – small oil lamps that are made in anticipation of Diwali, sometimes called the Indian New Year. It is believed that their flame drives away evil spirits for a whole year. In the old days, they tried to fight diseases with such lights.
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