PM Modi Joins in With Sanskrit Shloka as India Lights Up in Lockdown to Mark Covid-19 Fight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lights a lamp on Sunday. (Image: Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lights a lamp on Sunday. (Image: Twitter)

Several people turned up in their balconies and at their windows and doors at the behest of the prime minister.

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  • Last Updated: April 5, 2020, 11:08 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led people on Sunday to express the country's resolve to fight and win the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, shared his photographs showing himself lighting up a lamp.

On his Twitter handle, he also shared a shloka -- "Shubham Karoti Kalyanam, Deepam Shubham Karoti Kalyaannam - Aarogyam Dhana-Sampadaa Shatru-Buddhi-Vinaashaaya Diipa-Jyotir-Namostute” -- to drive home the message.

Broadly translated, the Sanskrit couplet means salutations to the light of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity and destroys inimical feelings.

PM Modi had on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm.

President Ram Nath Kovind along with the First Lady and other members of his family joined the citizens by lighting candles.

Politician, actors, sports persons who joined the appeal, shared their photos and messages on social media.

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 83 and the cases climbed to 3,577 in the country on Sunday after 505 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours. The active COVID-19 cases stand at 3,219, while 274 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated. Seven deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry data stated.

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