On the occasion of Mahashivratri, the city of lord Shiva Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, is set to light 21 lakh diyas to create a Guinness World Record.
The event which is being organized by the Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) will be attended by various dignitaries, including the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and other state government representatives.
The 21 lakh diyas will be lit on the banks of the Kshipra River, a sacred river in Ujjain which is associated with Hindu mythology. Local artisans will create and supply the diyas, made of mud and oil, which will be lit by the municipal corporation. This event is aimed at promoting traditional Hindu culture and symbolism, as well as giving back to the local community by providing employment for the artisans.
The diyas will be lit on the night of Mahashivratri, which falls on March 11th. The Guinness World Record officials will be present to oversee the event and certify that it has broken the world record for the most diyas lit in one place.
The event will also feature traditional Hindu rituals, such as Rudrabhishek, Abhishek, and Yagna, which are performed to honor Lord Shiva. Various cultural activities, such as dance and music performances, will also be held as part of the celebration. The diyas will be made by local artisans, providing them with employment and helping promote traditional Hindu culture.
The festival is celebrated in many different ways across India, with each region having its own unique traditions and customs. In some places, devotees visit Shiva temples to offer prayers and offerings, while in others, people light diyas and decorate their homes with flowers. People also dress in traditional attire and observe a strict fast throughout the day.