Diwali 2018 in pictures: INCREDIBLE photos show record-breaking Diwali festival of lights

Diwali 2018 in pictures: 301,152 lamps glistened simultaneously (Image: Reuters)

The magnificent scenes were captured during the Diwali festivities in the northern Indian city if Ayodhya.

301,152 lamps glistened simultaneously for five minutes beside the Sarayu river.

Guinness World Records confirmed the dazzling display busted the previous record of 190,000 lamps preciously set in a neighbouring region.

Mesmerising images show huge crowds gathered to witness the spectacle.

The record-setting event marks another historic moment for the city, which is already famed in Hindu culture.

The god Rama is believed to have been born in Ayodhya, one of the religions most sacred cities.

What is Diwali?

The Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as Deepavali, takes place across five days in the seventh month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, Ashwin.

The festival is embraced by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the globe.

This year, Diwali occurs between November 5 and 9, with the main celebration on Wednesday, November 7.

The celebration is also known as the festival of lights and commemorates Rama-chandra - the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu - returning to his people following 14 days of exile.

During his exile, it is said Rama fought and defeated the demon king, Ravana.

The festivities of Diwali symbolise the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

How is Diwali celebrated?

Each of the five days of Diwali have a different meaning.

Day one - Dhanteras - marks the beginning of celebrations.

KATE WHITFIELD

 

To read the rest of the article please click here.


The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Muslim World Today.


Showing 2 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.