As the clock struck 9 pm, lakhs of families across India heeded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call and lit candles, diyas and flashlights for nine minutes.
In his latest address to the nation on Friday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed all the citizens to show solidarity to end the "darkness" of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed 83 lives and infected more than 3,500 people.
In a video message PM Modi had said everyone must switch off lights at 9 pm on Sunday for 9 minutes and light up lamps, candles, mobile flashlights to display the nation's collective spirit to fight Covid-19.
Following Modi's appeal, citizens came out to illuminate their balconies and exhibited the "collective resolve" to defeat the contagion.
Taking to Twitter, netizens expressed their 'unity' against these otherwise 'dark' times.
We stand together !!
We stand strong !!
— нαяιηαтн яє∂∂у ᴬᴬ (@harry_reddys) April 5, 2020
In response to @narendramod ji’s call, I have joined my fellow citizens to light candles, and remind ourselves of our shared responsibility to defeat #Coronavirus together- Live #9बजे9मिनट #9baje9mintues https://t.co/zqHKvtCubk pic.twitter.com/4txF5Cahar — Bala Krishna Y (@BalaKrishna_Y) April 5, 2020
— Chota Tarek Fatah (@Abhi_Rohila) April 5, 2020
— Athar Javed (@DhinchikTaak) April 5, 2020
#9pm9minutes from Chennai! Solidarity’s it’s best; unfortunately some ppl polluted the air by bursting fireworks @narendramodi @PMOIndia @TimesNow @jsamdaniel @ndtv @News18CJ @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/69j6x2FWWr
— RitzWitz (@ritzwitz) April 5, 2020
— Tʀɪsʜᴀ ♡ (@Sleepytinker___) April 5, 2020
— Whine-Yard (@HAX_u_ANYTIME) April 5, 2020
— Vishal Kumar Singh (@vishalsingh_me) April 5, 2020
Earlier thoday the prime minister took to the social media to remind people to follow the appeal through a '#9pm9minute' tweet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020