The largest display of oil lamps record has been broken once again by the Department of Tourism, Government of Uttar Pradesh, District Administration, Ayodhya and Dr. Rammanohar Lohia Avadh University (India) on 23 October 2022.

A staggering 1,576,955 oil lamps were displayed on the eve of Diwali, a religious festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all around the world.

The oil lamps used were diyas, rounded clay lamps with a cotton wick, that are traditionally lit for Diwali to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.  

 birds eye view of the largest display of oil lamps

The current record holder even managed to beat their previous best of 941,551 achieved back in November 2021!

The attempt took place at Ram ki Paidi in Ayodhya, which is said to be the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama. 

To create the display, the oil lamps were placed on the river banks in individual grids and then placed together to form the larger display. 

The teachers and students of Awadh University, Aydodhya volunteered a great deal of time to help the create the record-breaking display.

In total, nearly 100,000 devotees, locals and dignitaries coming together for this momentous occasion.

river bank of ram ki paidi illuminated with oil lamps

Once all of the oil lamps had been lit one by one, the crowd chanted 'Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram' which is said to be a song/mantra frequently sung by Hanuman, Rama's loyal companion.

Hanuman, the monkey God, is seen as a symbol of strength and energy and is revered as an exemplary model for human devotion.

The event also included a laser show and fireworks that lit up the skies of Ayodhya late into the evening. 

The record-breaking event was also attended by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and other state ministers.

Once the attempt was verified by official Guinness World Records adjudicator Rishi Nath, the record certificate was presented to the Chief Minster. The Prime Minister then congratulated him on the achievement.

This record has proven popular in the past, last broken on 1 March 2022 with a total of 1,171,078 lamps. This was achieved by The Culture Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India.

With this record being broken every year for the past five years, and twice this year alone, we're sure we'll see an even larger display next year.

Keeping up with Diwali celebrations, the largest oil lamp was also broken over the weekend! Hero Realty (India) created this enormous oil lamp in Mohali, India with a volume of 3560.70 litres on 22 October 2022. 

The oil lamp was then filled with oil and lit to celebrate the festival. The venue of the record attempt was one Hero Realty's residential projects in Mohali, where the lamp will be displayed permanently.

largest oil lamp

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