Millions of Indians turned off their lights and lit up balconies and doorsteps with lamps, candles and flashlights on Sunday, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to “challenge the darkness” spread by the coronavirus crisis.

This included celebrities from all over the nation, who didn’t shy away from posting images of themselves lighting up on social media.

Modi, who imposed a three-week long nationwide lockdown on March 25, asked all citizens to turn out their lights for nine minutes at 9 p.m. local time on Sunday, and to display lamps and candles in a show of solidarity.

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The Prime Minister individually thanked several citizens including celebrities for extending support to his call for a nine-minute lights out.

Other celebrities also showed their support by lighting a lamp as the clock turned 9.

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The Nation stands strong and together. This too shall pass.. WE will over come .

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In Tamil Nadu, people lit up the traditional ‘Kamakshi lamps’ and ‘Kuthuvilakku’, besides the earthen lamps.

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Let there be light ! Standing in solidarity, unity and brotherhood ! Together, we shall over come !

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The terraces of several buildings were lined up with endless rows of earthen lamps which was nothing short of a visual treat

Also, Deputy Chief Minister K Pannerselvam, Tamil Nadu Ministers including S P Velumani and K Pandiarajan lit lamps in their respective residences here.

Superstar Rajinikanth was among the celebrities who joined the symbolic event against the contagion and he held a candle in his Poes Garden residence.

Others lit firecrackers, played musical instruments, and sang patriotic songs. Grid data showed India’s national power consumption plunging more than a quarter in a matter of minutes. The show of unity came as the total number of coronavirus cases in India increased to 3,577, while the death toll rose to 83.