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Ayodhya Deepotsav: With over 9 lakh diyas lit along river Saryu, Lord Ram’s city sets Guinness world record

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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya district on Wednesday created another world record after over 9 lakh earthen lamps (diyas) were lit along the banks of river Saryu in the land of Lord Ram. Apart from this, 3 lakh diyas were lit separately at different places in the Hindu holy city on Wednesday as part of the Diwali celebrations.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter and shared the certificate of Guinness World Record for the largest display of oil lamps.

“In the holy city of Shri Ayodhya, the banks of Mother Saryu have come alive with supernatural light. With the spirit of truth, affection and world welfare, a world record has been set for lighting the maximum number of lamps amidst Vedic chants. This record is a result of the faith and belief of the devotees of Lord Shri Ram.” Yogi Adityanath tweeted.

CM Adityanath, who reached Ayodhya for the fifth ‘Deepotsav’ (festival of lights) event, while inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of various projects worth Rs 661 crore, credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the construction of a grand Ram temple and also launched an attack on the opposition parties.

Adityanath claimed that when the Ram temple is built in Ayodhya, it will be the best religious and spiritual city in the world. He said that Ayodhya will become the cultural capital of India. “Now no one can stop the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya by 2023,” he said.

Targeting the family of the Samajwadi Party chief, Adityanath said, “Those who were firing on Ram Bhakts 31 years ago, have now bowed down to your power.”

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“In the next karseva, if it is held, the bullets will not be fired. Flowers will be showered on the devotees of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.”

The Chief Minister reminded the people that no one can forget what happened 31 years ago, on October 30 and November 2, 1990.

Targeting Akhilesh Yadav, Yogi said that those who loved the graveyards, used to spend public money there. Those who love Indian religion and culture, are investing money for its upliftment. In the previous governments, money was spent on building cemetry walls, today it is being spent on reconstruction and beautification of temples.

He said that the government is working for the development of 500 pilgrimage sites and temples, including Ram Janmabhoomi, Kashi Vishwanath in the state, out of which work on 300 has been completed and on another 200 is in progress.

Union Tourism and Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy, who was also present, said that 12 lakh diyas lit in Ayodhya today is not just a record, but it’s a message of the dignity of Lord Ram to the whole world. He said that by 2030, Ayodhya will be the world’s largest religious tourism city.

Apart from Union Minister Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP state President Swatantra Dev Singh and several other ministers were also present in Ayodhya. Ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, and Kenya also participated in the event.

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