Ayodhya, the sacred city on the banks of the Saryu River recently set a new world record during its breathtaking Deepotsav celebration. This annual event, marking the eve of Diwali, saw a staggering 22.23 lakh earthen lamps aglow simultaneously across 51 ghats, surpassing its own previous Guinness World Record.
The Deepotsav, a tradition initiated in 2017, has steadily escalated in scale over the years. What started with 51,000 diyas in 2017 magnificently swelled to 4.10 lakh in 2019. Over 6 lakh diyas were lit in 2020 and a stunning 9 lakh in 2021. Last year witnessed an even grander display with over 17 lakh diyas lighting up the ghats, setting a record at 15.76 lakh lamps that remained lit for five minutes or more, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Preceding the jubilant Deepotsav, an enthralling procession showcased eighteen themed tableaux, featuring elements from the Ramayana, Ramcharitmanas, and highlighting crucial social issues. Minister Jaiveer Singh, marking the commencement of the procession, flagged it off from Udaya Square, guiding it through various parts of the city before reaching the Ram Katha Park.
This year’s festivities hold particular significance as Ayodhya gears up for the imminent inauguration of the Ram Mandir on January 22, 2024. The auspicious event is slated to be graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding an extra layer of anticipation and joy to the already vibrant celebrations.
The tableaux this year not only depicted cultural and mythological themes but also underscored pivotal government initiatives on education, women’s welfare, environmental conservation, and technological advancements. Ayodhya, steeped in historical and cultural significance, continues to radiate its timeless splendor, merging tradition with progress in its Deepotsav celebrations.