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.
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
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.
President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles at 9 PM. He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve & resilience in the fight against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/FdVscw07LR— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 5, 2020
Politician, actors, sports persons who joined the appeal, shared their photos and messages on social media.
A ray of hope and belief can brighten the darkest times.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 5, 2020
On PM @narendramodi ji’s clarion call, have switched off the lights at my home and lit diyas.
India stands firmly with PM @narendramodi in this fight against COVID-19. #9pm9minute pic.twitter.com/I0bazNXaiN
अंधकार को दूर कर जो प्रकाश फैला दे— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 5, 2020
बुझी हुई आस में विश्वास जो जगा दे
जब लगे नामुमकिन कोई भी चीज़
उसे मुमकिन बनाने की राह जो दिखा दे
वो है संकल्प !#Covid_19 को हराने के लिए #9pm9minute , #AIIMS दिल्ली के स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों के संग ।
हम अकेले नहीं हैं
कोई भी अकेला नहीं है... pic.twitter.com/hWKPMLn5Bp
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.