Diwali: Indian city Ayodha breaks Guinness record with light bulbs


(CNN) – The northern Indian city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record by lighting more than 300,000 oil oil lamps on the eve of the Hindu Diwali festival, also known as the Festival of Lights.
Participants illuminate oil oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River in an attempt to enter Guinness World Records for the largest oil lamps on the eve of Diwali

Participants illuminate oil oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River in an attempt to enter Guinness World Records for the largest oil lamps on the eve of Diwali

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The 301,152 lamps lit simultaneously for five minutes on the banks of the Sarayu River, which passes through the holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, hitting a record of 2016 held in a neighboring state, according to a statement by the regional government.

Indian peoples shining bright lamps on the banks of the Sarajeu River on the eve of the Diwali festival during a "Deepotsav" event organized by the Uttar Pradesh government in Ayodhya on November 6, 2018

Indian peoples shining bright lamps on the banks of the Sarajeu River on the eve of the Diwali festival during a "Deepotsav" event organized by the Uttar Pradesh government in Ayodhya on November 6, 2018

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The Guinness World Records confirmed the CNN record and that it surpassed the previous 150,009 lamp title achieved at Charitya on September 23, 2016.

The event at Ayodhya was attended by former South Korean lady Kim Jung-sook, who is holding a four-day visit to India and chief minister Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.

The East Asian country has a historic connection to the city because of a Korean legend that tells how a princess from Ayodhya traveled to Korea and married the Korean king Suro in 48 AD, according to the statement.

Participants illuminate oil oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River in an attempt to enter Guinness World Records for the largest oil lamps on the eve of Diwali

Participants illuminate oil oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River in an attempt to enter Guinness World Records for the largest oil lamps on the eve of Diwali

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Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath attended the event that featured cultural performances by Laotian, Russian, Indian and Trinidad artists.

The northern city of Ayodhya celebrated the eve of Diwali

The northern city of Ayodhya celebrated the eve of Diwali

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The Hindus – the majority in India – have traditionally believed that Ayiodia is the birthplace of Lord Rama, one of the most respected deities of faith. Aghiotis is one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus.