Dias, candles, flashlights: How the nation turned-off lights at 9 pm in fight against coronavirus

In a second 'collective' display to show unity in the fight against coronavirus, millions of Indians turned off their lights to observe '9 baje, 9 minute' and lit, dias candles after PM Modi's appeal.

Published: 05th April 2020 10:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2020 10:08 PM   |  A+A-

(Photo | Rajesh Shetty, EPS)

By Online Desk

As the clock struck 9, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies and at doors, flashing mobile lights while many lit candles and diyas.

Cities across the India states switched off lights at their homes and lit candles, diyas or turned on mobile phone torches on Sunday night, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to show the nation's "collective resolve and solidarity" in its fight against coronavirus.

Children, parents, doctors, celebrities and politicians came together to show their support in fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has claimed lives of thousands globally. 

Here are a few glimpses-

Many Union Ministers took part in the activity to show support

This comes two weeks after citizens clapped, rang bells, and beat utensils to thank the providers of essential services during the Janata Curfew of March 22.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp