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Deepotsav 2018: Ayodhya Creates Guinness Record with Diwali Diyas

India | Associated Press | November 7, 2018, 10:24 am
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 The northern Indian city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record on Tuesday (November 06) by lighting 300,150 earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of the river Saryu as part of the annual celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. (Image: AP)

The northern Indian city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record on Tuesday (November 06) by lighting 300,150 earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of the river Saryu as part of the annual celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. (Image: AP)

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 South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attended the record-breaking event after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a four-day visit to India. (Image: PTI)

South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attended the record-breaking event after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a four-day visit to India. (Image: PTI)

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 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and others perform 'arti' of Saryu River during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and others perform 'arti' of Saryu River during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

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 3) Kim Jung’s presence was significant because of a Korean legend that a princess from Ayodhya traveled to Korea and married a king, becoming a Korean queen in the year 48 AD. (Image: PTI)

3) Kim Jung’s presence was significant because of a Korean legend that a princess from Ayodhya traveled to Korea and married a king, becoming a Korean queen in the year 48 AD. (Image: PTI)

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 Chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

Chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

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 As dusk fell in Ayodhya, where the Lord Ram was born and where he returned after 14 years in exile, volunteers’ lit lamps snaking along the river, through lanes and at houses. (Image: AP)

As dusk fell in Ayodhya, where the Lord Ram was born and where he returned after 14 years in exile, volunteers’ lit lamps snaking along the river, through lanes and at houses. (Image: AP)

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 Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, was given a certificate certifying the record by Guinness officials who had monitored the attempt with drone cameras. (Image: PTI)

Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, was given a certificate certifying the record by Guinness officials who had monitored the attempt with drone cameras. (Image: PTI)

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 Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: AP)

Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: AP)

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 6) A similar attempt failed to break the record last year, when strong winds blew over many of the lamps. (Image: AP)

6) A similar attempt failed to break the record last year, when strong winds blew over many of the lamps. (Image: AP)

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 This feat broke a record from 2016, when 150,009 lamps were lit. (Image: PTI)

This feat broke a record from 2016, when 150,009 lamps were lit. (Image: PTI)

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 (Image: AP)

(Image: AP)

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 People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav 2018 in Ayodhya, UP. (Image: PTI)

People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav 2018 in Ayodhya, UP. (Image: PTI)

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 Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: Reuters)

Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: Reuters)

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 People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav (grand Diwali celebrations) in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav (grand Diwali celebrations) in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

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 (Image: AP)

(Image: AP)

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 Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: Reuters)

Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Ayodhya. (Image: Reuters)

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 People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav 2018 in Ayodhya, UP. (Image: PTI)

People light earthen lamps on the banks of River Saryu during Deepotsav 2018 in Ayodhya, UP. (Image: PTI)

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 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and others offer prayers during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and others offer prayers during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya. (Image: PTI)

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