Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared pictures of the “Deepotsav” in Ayodhya and called it “amazing, divine, and unforgettable.” The celebration witnessed the lighting of over 22 lakh ‘diyas’ and set a new world record. PM Modi extended his warm wishes in a tweet, expressing his hope for prosperity and inspiration for all. Ayodhya marked the festivities by illuminating the city with earthen lamps, spreading new zeal and enthusiasm throughout India.
Ayodhya, situated on the bank of the Saryu River, broke its own record by lighting 22.23 lakh diyas at 51 ghats simultaneously. The city has been hosting Deepotsav celebrations since 2017, with the number of lit diyas increasing each year. This year’s celebrations hold special significance as the construction of the Ram temple is in progress, with the temple’s inauguration scheduled for January 22, 2024, which will be attended by PM Modi.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi visited Lepcha in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate Diwali with soldiers and expressed gratitude for their unwavering courage and sacrifice. He posted pictures with the soldiers, acknowledging their dedication and resilience. PM Modi also addressed the troops, emphasizing that the places where the soldiers are stationed hold the same significance as temples for him and that his festival is wherever they are.