People across the nation of India lit candles, diyas (earthen lamps) and torches at 9 pm on Sunday to answer Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to battle the darkness caused by the COVID-19 outbreak with light.
Here’s a look at how Bollywood celebrities and sportspeople marked the moment known on social media as #9pm9minute:
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
T 3492 -" है अँधेरी रात पर दीवा जलाना कब माना है " ... another epic poem of my Father .. and how visionary it has proven tonight .. for the #9PM9minute call ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 5, 2020
Will put up the entire poem by tomorrow .. on video !!❤️ pic.twitter.com/MeQ3PJ03tu
#IndianArmy soldiers light up the environment in inhospitable terrain while standing guard at our frontiers and express gratitude to the corona fighters.— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 6, 2020
Let us fight #COVID19 together.#HarKaamDeshKeNaam#SayNo2Panic#SayYes2Precautions#SayYes2Precautions pic.twitter.com/1VSZKVJJVL
My family & I thank the selfless #SanitationWarriors cleaning our surroundings & hospitals, disinfecting affected areas & thus keeping the virus at bay. Let’s also reignite our pledge to take care of our elders, the most vulnerable - by ensuring their physical & mental wellness. pic.twitter.com/tTheS9oO4I— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 5, 2020
Let there always be light in all our lives 🙏 Stay positive. Lots of love and good health to all of you during these times. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/QhcKMmO2Fz— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 5, 2020
Wonderful to see the entire country come together to show our heartful gratitude and support for the healthcare staff.— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) April 5, 2020
Amazing initiative for all of us to be a part of.
Together we stand united 🤝 stronger 💪 and even more determined to fight these difficult times.
Jai Hind. pic.twitter.com/1AsTbUA32K
#IndiaFightCorona#IndianNavy personnel #EasternFleet onboard #INSJalashwa at #Vizag expressing solidarity with the #COVIDWarriors across the country.#हरकामदेशकेनाम@PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/kyafZTjqG6— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 5, 2020