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India Lights Millions Of Candles, Lamps To Fight 'Darkness Of Coronavirus' On PM Modi's Request

People switched off lights and came out on doors and balconies and lit earthen lamps and candles.

Million of people on Sunday night lit candles, lamps and flashed torches to ward off 'darkness of Coronavirus', as requested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the clock struck 9 pm, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies, flashing mobile lights while a few of them lit candles and diyas.

People switched off lights and came out on doors and balconies and lit earthen lamps and candles. Those who could not manage to get a lamp or candle flashed a torch or mobile torch.  

Tamil Nadu: Residents of a society in Chennai Central have turned off lights of their houses, following the call by PM Modi to switch off all lights of houses today at 9 PM for 9 minutes&just light a candle, 'Diya' or mobile's flashlight, to mark the fight against #Coronavirus.

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Modi on April 3 asked the countrymen to light candles, lamps, flash torches for nine minutes at 9 PM on April 5 to fight the "darkness of coronavirus" that has killed 99 people and infected 3,577 nationwide.

Despite the lockdown, several vendors and makeshift shops cropped up on Sunday selling earthen lamps and candles.

The earthen lamps, along with other 'puja samgari', are also sold near various temples. Those shops also opened on Sunday. Gatherings at the temples and other religious places too are barred.

Those who did not find diyas in their localities contended with candles available at the local general stores.

PM Modi's call to light diyas, torches or mobile flashlights amid the lockdown has proved to be a boon for shopkeepers selling diyas and candles.

PM Modi has asked citizens to not assemble anywhere while participating in this program and emphasized the importance of social distancing to prevent coronavirus spread.

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