Hyderabad: On the 13th day of the 21-day lockdown, Indians came together and lit diyas and candles and held torchlights and mobile flashlights from their balconies as requested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On 3 April, Mr Modi, in a video message, had asked people to switch off the lights in their homes for nine minutes at 9 p.m on 5 April and light diyas to show that India will come out of the darkness of COVID-19. Following his instructions, people in different states held flashlights and candles, while some burst crackers like it was Diwali.
Mr Modi tweeted pictures of himself lighting a diya and also posted a Sanskrit verse.
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
Telangana CM KCR was also seen holding candles with other ministers as requested by Modi. He stepped out to the lawns of Pragathi Bhawan.
UK’s Deputy Dy High Commissioner to AP & TG Hyderabad also supported India’s fight against coronavirus by lighting up candles with his family, he shared his picture on Twitter.
We are ready as a family for power and phones off at 9 and candles on.
— Dr Andrew Fleming (@Andrew007Uk) April 5, 2020
Hyderabad BJP President N Ramachander Rao shared pictures of him and his family lighting Dia’s . He said in his tweet, “I & my family lit the lamp at 9 pm for 9 minutes by switching off lights . I happy that in my street,in my area,in my city every one did so by responding to PMs call to fight against Corona. (sic)”
I & my family lit the lamp at 9 pm for 9 minutes by switching off lights . I happy that in my street,in my area,in my city every one did so by responding to PMs call to fight against Corona.#IndiaFightsCoronavirus @JPNadda @blsanthosh @kishanreddybjp @bandisanjay_bjp @drlaxmanbjp pic.twitter.com/HjIgbPO5zv
— N Ramchander Rao (@RaoMlc) April 5, 2020
Cyberabad Commissioner V C Sajjnar also spotted holding Diya.
Home minister Amit Shah also shared a video of him lighting a diya. “A ray of hope and belief can brighten the darkest times. On PM @narendramodi ji’s clarion call, have switched off the lights at my home and lit diyas. India stands firmly with PM @narendramodi in this fight against COVID-19. #9pm9minute (sic),” he tweeted.
A ray of hope and belief can brighten the darkest times.
On PM @narendramodi ji’s clarion call, have switched off the lights at my home and lit diyas.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 5, 2020
Several celebrities and personalities also took to Twitter to post photos of themselves lighting diyas and candles. Kollywood actor Rajnikanth and his wife Lata stood outside the gates of his house, holding a candle. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 5, 2020
Andhra Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy joined other politicians and shared a picture of him in unity to bring ray hope amid the darkness created by coronavirus.
— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) April 5, 2020
Chandrababu Naidu tweeted a video of him and his son holding diyas. He wrote, “In response to @narendramodi ji’s call, I have joined my fellow citizens to light candles, pramithalu (diyas) and remind ourselves of our shared responsibility to defeat #Coronavirus together (sic).”
In response to @narendramodi ji’s call, I have joined my fellow citizens to light candles, pramithalu (diyas) and remind ourselves of our shared responsibility to defeat #Coronavirus together#9बजे9मिनट#9baje9mintues pic.twitter.com/dU8k4ipqHr
— N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) April 5, 2020
Actor Randeep Hooda lit candles outside his balcony. “When darkness seems to engulf, always look for that ray of hope! (sic),” he tweeted.
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) April 5, 2020
Cricketer Suresh Raina also shared a picture of him and his wife lighting diyas at their balcony. In the tweet he said, “#9बजे9मिनट, let’s stand is solidarity & beat this terrible time the whole world is going through. We can do it India! #COVID2019 #9baje9mintues @PMOIndia @narendramodi. (sic)”
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 5, 2020