On the eve of the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali or Deepavali, the Indian city of Ayodhya staged a huge sea of lights. Almost 1.6 million oil lamps were lit there - a world record, as local media reported on Monday.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the head of government of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, held a corresponding presumed confirmation of the Guinness Book of Records in pictures from the local news agency. An independent official confirmation from Guinness was initially not available. In previous years, the city had been recognized by Guinness for the largest exhibition of oil lamps to date - in 2021 for more than 900,000 lamps.
According to Hindu belief, the city of Ayodhya is the birthplace of the most important god Ram. There were also fireworks and a laser show in the city for the festival of lights.