As the clock struck 9pm, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies, flashing mobile lights while a few of them lit candles and diyas.
In Chennai, people formed the map of India by lighting earthen lamps, while in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lit earthen lamps to form an ‘Om’ at his residence.
PM Modi lighted diyas at his residence at 9pm today.
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ https://t.co/4DeiMsCN11
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1586102646000
PM @narendramodi lights a lamp, nation responds to his appeal: “#9pm9minutes”9pm9minute #9baje9mintues… https://t.co/P8zaAvfpR1
— The Times of India (@timesofindia) 1586103624000
“President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles. He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve & resilience in the fight against
President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective s… https://t.co/5NtAMhBURc
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1586102377000
People in Ahmedabad, Gujarat turned off the lights of their houses and lighted earthen lamps at 9pm.
Gujarat: People have turned off the lights of their houses&lighted earthen lamps in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Modi… https://t.co/yHWNzShMcy
— ANI (@ANI) 1586100631000
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also turned off all the lights at his residence & lighted the earthen lamps responding to PM Modi’s appeal.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu turns off all the lights of his residence & lights earthen lamps. PM had appealed to… https://t.co/qcb7MOKLYg
— ANI (@ANI) 1586101229000
Several Union ministers and other politicians also participated in the exercise.
Union home minister Amit Shah also lighted earthen lamps at his residence.
Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah lights earthen lamps after turning off all lights at his residence. PM had appealed… https://t.co/3scTFnSiEg
— ANI (@ANI) 1586101559000
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar turned off all the lights of his residence and lighted the earthen lamps.
West Bengal: Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar turns off all the lights of his residence & lights earthen lamps. PM had appealed… https://t.co/kN3DSBIUCZ
— ANI (@ANI) 1586101157000
Mother of PM Modi, Heeraben, also lighted an earthen lamp after turning off the all lights at her residence in Gujarat.
Gujarat: Mother of PM Modi, Heeraben, lights an earthen lamp after turning off all lights at her residence. India s… https://t.co/1g176M6mAJ
— ANI (@ANI) 1586102406000
आज पूरे देश ने अपनी सामूहिक संकल्प शक्ति का परिचय देकर अंधकार से प्रकाश की तरफ़ जाने का संदेश दिया है। मैंने भी ९ ब… https://t.co/silBhncO6L
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1586101413000
“At home, lighting diyas for some moments of mindfulness and thinking of our community, even as we work day and night as one nation”
At home, 9pm: lighting diyas for some moments of mindfulness and thinking of our community, even as we work day and… https://t.co/nRDsMaP0MB
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) 1586102555000
Some celebrities also joined the country in showing solidarity in the fight against the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic by lighting lamps and candles.
Sachin Tendulkar thanked the sanitation workers for their selfless service and posted a photograph where everyone was holding a
My family & I thank the selfless #SanitationWarriors cleaning our surroundings & hospitals, disinfecting affected a… https://t.co/9WEeL1HQZB
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1586102787000
Saina Nehwal, who recently joined the BJP, said she is proud of the country. “We are really fighting hard with Coronavirus and I m sure we will come out as winner”
🙏🙏🙏 #9pm9minutes https://t.co/PrgZP3zCWD
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1586100524000
People were also seen standing on their doorsteps in response to the PMs appeal and lighting diyas. However, in some parts of the country, people also burst crackers.
Residents of a society in Chennai Central also turned off lights of their houses.
Tamil Nadu: Residents of a society in Chennai Central have turned off lights of their houses, following the call by… https://t.co/inFe2jknWk
— ANI (@ANI) 1586100805000
People in a residential building in Bhubaneswar chanted ‘Gayatri Mantra’ after lighting earthen lamps.
#WATCH Odisha: People in a residential building in Bhubaneswar chanted ‘Gayatri Mantra’ after lighting earthen lamp… https://t.co/WmLWh3C3UF
— ANI (@ANI) 1586103720000
The PM had on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and
light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat
This is the second time
Modi has sought to rally people amid the ongoing lockdown.
On March 24,
Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country from March 25 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, asserting that social distancing was the only way to deal with the deadly virus.