As requested by PM Modi, millions of people on April 5 switched off the non-essential lights at their homes and lit candles, diyas and torch to show solidarity with the ones giving their all to fight coronavirus.
As the clock struck 9 PM on Sunday, people, irrespective of their religion, caste and status, come together to their balconies to light diyas, and the scenes which came in were like early Diwali for the Indians. Have a look:
People were also concerned about the complete blackout that could happen due to a sudden depletion in electricity demand. However, things went just fine.
Interestingly, the fact that the demand for electricity fell by a whopping 32,000 MW between 8.49 pm and 9.09 pm shows how successful the initiative was despite some people unnecessarily quoting it as a “Hindu” thing.
Celebs, ministers and many other barons from every nook and corner of the country later posted pictures of them with diyas, candles and lamps showing their support to the initiative.
At around 9.30 pm, Prime Minister Modi also tweeted a photo of him lighting a lamp at his official residence in Delhi. Wearing a blue kurta, the Prime Minister also posted a short Sanskrit poem that, with the picture. The poem translates to, “Salutations to the light of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity (and) which destroys inimical feelings; Salutations to the light of the lamp”.