Ayodhya enters Guinness Book of World Records by lighting 300,000 earthen lamps

As the whole world kicked off Deepavali celebrations, the historic city of Ayodhya attained global recognition as it made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records after 301,152 diyas, or earthen lamps, were lit on the banks of the River Saryu at an event christened ‘Ayodhya Deepostava-2018’.

Historic city of Ayodhya entered Guinness Book of World Records as 301,152 diyas, or earthen lamps, were lit on the banks of the River Saryu. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism
Historic city of Ayodhya entered Guinness Book of World Records as 301,152 diyas, or earthen lamps, were lit on the banks of the River Saryu. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism

South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, who was the chief guest at the same event, also witnessed the historic occasion.

Rishi Nath, official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, made the announcement that the record was created at the 'Deepotsav' event.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath holding the certificate of Guinness Book of World Records at Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath holding the certificate of Guinness Book of World Records at Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism

“A total of 3,01,152 diyas were lit up simultaneously for five minutes, which is a new record," said Nath in the presence of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Indian State of Uttar Pradesh

The whole city of Ayodhya was illuminated with the record diyas and it evoked the same atmosphere of bygone era when Lord Ram returned to his kingdom after 14 years of exile after defeating Ravana and people celebrated  the occasion with the illumination of diyas.

The gentle flowing water of the Saryu reflected the splendour of Ayodhya as the diyas were lit on the banks. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism
The gentle flowing water of the Saryu reflected the splendour of Ayodhya as the diyas were lit on the banks. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism

The gentle flowing water of the Saryu reflected the splendour of Ayodhya as the diyas were lit on the banks. A massive 30-feet statue of Lord Ram was also installed on the banks of Saryu, along with that of Lord Hanuman, for Deepavali celebrations in the city.

South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath lighting the lamp in Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Twitter@/MEAIndia
South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath lighting the lamp in Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Twitter@/MEAIndia

First Lady Kim Jung-sook, earlier arrived in Ayodhya to attend Deepavali celebrations and renew the historic traditions with this old city. She began her tour by offering tribute at the Queen Heo Memorial.

According to Korean legends, Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya had travelled to Korea and married King Kim Suro and became Queen Heo Hwang-ok in 48AD.

A large number of Koreans trace their ancestry to the legendary princess, who is known as Queen Heo Hwang-ok.

South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook along with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath at the ground breaking ceremony of Queen Hur Memorial Park in Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Twitter@/MEAIndia
South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook along with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath at the ground breaking ceremony of Queen Hur Memorial Park in Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Twitter@/MEAIndia

Kim visited the site along with Adityanath, and attended a ground-breaking ceremony for upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary Queen Heo Hwang-ok.

Later, she went to the banks of Saryu to welcome artists donning the avatar of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, who arrived at Ram Katha Park in a ceremonial chopper as part of 'Ram Durbar'.

Kim garlanded ‘Sita’ as they descended from the helicopter and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Adityanath welcomed Lord Ram and Laxman by garlanding them.

South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath performing aarti of river Saryu. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@myogiadityanath
South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath performing aarti of river Saryu. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@myogiadityanath

The Deepotsav is an initiative by the Tourism and Cultural Department of Uttar Pradesh to celebrate Lord Rama's victory over Ravana and return to His kingdom in Ayodhya.

Chief Minister Adityanath announced plans to rechristen the city of Faizabad to Ayodhya.

A female dancer giving her performance on the streets of Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism
A female dancer giving her performance on the streets of Ayodhya. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of UP Tourism

“We won't let anyone erase memories of Lord Ram from our hearts and that is what we, our government at the Centre is ensuring. We have come here to assure you that no one can do injustice to Ayodhya. The aspirations of the people from Ayodhya are the top priorities on our minds,” said Adityanath while addressing a public meeting.

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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