World record in Diwali
The city of Ayodhya was in the news this week, not because of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute but because of a world record. Yes, the land of Lord Ram made to the Guinness Book of World Records by illuminating hundreds of thousands of earthen lamps as part of Diwali.
Representatives from the Guinness World Records handed over the certificate to Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, after witnessing the lighting of 409,000 oil lamps on the banks of river Sarayu.
They monitored the effort with the aid of drone cameras.
Last year Ayodhya had set a record by lighting 300,150 oil lamps.
Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, where he returned after 14 years in exile. To celebrate his return, people light earthen lamps or diyas.
The cities of Ayutthaya in Thailand and Yogyakarta in Indonesia are named after Ayodhya.