As the deadline for the Supreme Court verdict on the politically sensitive Ram Jamnabhoomi land dispute case nears, Ayodhya witnessed vibrant and extravagant Diwali alias ‘Deepotsav’ celebrations on Saturday, 26 October.
Over 5.5 lakh diyas were lit up along the banks of Saryu River in Ayodhya on the occasion of Deepotsav, a day before Diwali today. With this, the UP government created a Guinness World Record for the largest display of oil lamps. CM Yogi Adityanath performed a mega aarti in Ayodhya. The UP government reportedly spent ₹130 crores on the event.
A new world record was made, over six lakh people lit-up earthen lamps as part of the celebrations on the Saryu river bank on Diwali eve.
Uttar Pradesh government's Information Director Shishir said, “Last year's record was of three lakh one thousand one hundred eighty-six days at the ghat. This time, it was four lakh ten thousand diyas lit at the ghat. This was announced by the Guinness World Records representative and is a new record. Apart from this, more than two lakh diyas were lit elsewhere than the ghat. In all, more than 6 lakh diyas were lit.”