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People light lamps on the banks of river Saryu in Ayodhya.
Niloufar Saleem, Staff Reporter
The Indian festival Diwali, which is also called the festival of lights, is celebrated in full swing all around the country, even amid the on-going coronavirus restrictions.
Every Indian house lights up small oil lamps and burst crackers to celebrate the light festival.
The city of Ayodhya made a Guinness World Record on Friday by lighting 584,572 oil lamps.
The northern Indian city of Ayodhya kept its Guinness World Record for a second straight year.
The oil lamps were burning for at least 45 minutes as part of the celebration of Diwali.
The Indian holy city lit around 409,000 lamps last year.
Thousands of visitors came to see the spectacular view on the river banks, even amid the coronavirus restrictions.
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