Ayodhya, Oct 26: The temple town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday set a world record with lighting up over 5.51 lakh earthen lamps on the banks of Saryu River, to mark three-day long Deepotsav celebration.
The spectacular evening would facilitate the state to enter into the Guinness Books of World Records with lightening of record number of diyas on any occasion. With this, the government broke the last year record when 3 lakh earthen lamps culminated on Chhoti Diwali on the banks of Saryu River.
However against the claim to lighten 5.51 lakh diyas, to make a world record, a total of 4.09 lakh diyas were lit for the Guinness Books of World record. But officials claimed that around 5.51 lakh diyas were lit but as due to strict norms, only 4.09 lakh were taken for record.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that earlier the governments were 'scared' to come to Ayodhya but now his government is fast changing its face by taking of large scale development work.
"Today, the Raj Tilak of Maryada Purshottam Shree Ram was done so to fulfill the government’s promise of changing this temple town so we kicked up various projects worth over Rs 226 crores," he said. (UNI)