Millions Celebrate Diwali in Ayodhya, Achieving Guinness World Record for Oil Lamp Lighting

Diwali Celebration Illuminates Ayodhya with Record-Breaking Lamps

Millions of Indians marked the joyous occasion of Diwali by achieving a new Guinness World Record for the largest display of earthen oil lamps.

The magnificent spectacle unfolded along the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, the revered birthplace of the Hindu deity Ram.

Dazzling Display Breaks Records

As devotees celebrated the annual Hindu festival symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, they lit over 2.22 million lamps at dusk on Saturday.

This unprecedented feat surpassed last year’s record of 1.5 million lamps, earning Ayodhya a place in the Guinness World Records.

The lighting ceremony lasted 45 minutes, accompanied by the resonant chants of Hindu religious hymns.

Recognition and Certificate Presentation

Guinness World Records representatives, after meticulously counting the lamps, presented a certificate to Yogi Adityanath, the top elected official of the state.

The achievement was made possible with the collaboration of over 24,000 volunteers, predominantly students, contributing to the grand success.

Diwali Festivities Amid Air Quality Concerns

Diwali, a nationwide celebration in India, involves socializing, exchanging gifts, and illuminating homes with earthen oil lamps and fireworks.

This year’s festivities occurred amidst growing concerns about air pollution, as India recorded hazardous air quality levels exceeding global safety thresholds.

Improvement in Air Quality

While last week witnessed alarming pollution levels, unexpected rain and strong winds on Saturday significantly improved air quality to a level of 220, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board. Authorities, aware of potential post-celebration pollution spikes due to fireworks, had undertaken measures to mitigate the impact.

Challenges and Restrictions

The worsening air quality had prompted officials in New Delhi to close primary schools, ban polluting vehicles and construction work, and deploy anti-smog measures.

Some Indian states implemented restrictions on firework sales and advocated for the use of ‘green crackers’ to reduce pollutants, though compliance with such measures has historically been variable.

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