Shivratri celebrations were celebrated in the temple town of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. On the occasion of this festival, devotees lit 18.82 lakh lamps and set a new Guinness Book record. The previous record of lighting 11.71 lakh earthen lamps in Ayodhya has been surpassed.
First Published Feb 19, 2023, 6:16 AM IST
On the occasion of Mahashivratri, Jyotirlinga ‘Mahakala’, the city of Ujjain is illuminated with lakhs of lamps. 18.82 lakh lamps were lit at dusk on the bank of Mokshadai river Shipra. A new Guinness Book of World Record has been set for lighting such a large number of lamps simultaneously.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with his wife attended the event. It is reported that a total of 18,82,229 lamps were lit on this occasion. Millions of people flocked from all over the country to witness this wonderful and unforgettable moment.
This event named Shivjyoti Arpanam was organized by the Zero Waste Program. Every material used in it will be reused. As part of the Shiva Jyoti Arpanam programme, attractively decorated lamps are lit on the banks of the Shipra river in temples, commercial places and houses of the city.
A day before the event, the local administration made block wise arrangements to light the lamps at Kedareshwar Ghat, Sunhari Ghat, Dutt Akhara Ghat, Ram Ghat, Bhukhi Mata Temple side ghat. The total is divided into 9333 blocks. 225 lamps are placed in each block. It is reported that 20 thousand volunteers have been appointed to light the lamps.
The program was organized by the local administration in collaboration with citizens’ associations. The local authorities have set a target of lighting 21 lakh oil lamps to celebrate Maha Shivratri on Saturday. But.. they managed to light 18.82 lakh lamps.
Last year, Ujjain set a world record by lighting 11 lakh 71 thousand lamps simultaneously on Mahashivratri. Last year, this program broke Ayodhya’s record by lighting 15 lakh 76 thousand lamps.
Last Updated Feb 19, 2023, 6:19 AM IST