India celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, with great enthusiasm

Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with pomp and religious fervour all across India on Thursday

FP Staff October 20, 2017 14:06:35 IST
Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with pomp and religious fervour all across India on Thursday. AP
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Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with pomp and religious fervour all across India on Thursday. AP
The festival, also known as Deepavali, is spread across five days, like most North Indian states. It begins with Dhanteras, followed by Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Pujan, Govardhan Puja, and finally culminates in Bhai Dooj. Reuters
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The festival, also known as Deepavali, is spread across five days, like most North Indian states. It begins with Dhanteras, followed by Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Pujan, Govardhan Puja, and finally culminates in Bhai Dooj. Reuters
People made rangolis, lighted diyas, and decorated their doorways with garlands made of mango leaves and marigolds. PTI
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People made rangolis, lighted diyas, and decorated their doorways with garlands made of mango leaves and marigolds. PTI
Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his 14-year exile after vanquishing demon-king Ravana. AP
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Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his 14-year exile after vanquishing demon-king Ravana. AP
There was festive spirit during the day with people thronging the markets for last-minute shopping. Markets were flooded with decorative items, diyas and marigold flowers. AP
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There was festive spirit during the day with people thronging the markets for last-minute shopping. Markets were flooded with decorative items, diyas and marigold flowers. AP
Thousands of devotees on Thursday thronged the temples across India to celebrate the festival. They offered traditional sweets such as balushais, khasta, coconuts to their deity. PTI
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Thousands of devotees on Thursday thronged the temples across India to celebrate the festival. They offered traditional sweets such as balushais, khasta, coconuts to their deity. PTI
The Swaminaryan temple in Surat too lit up on the occasion of diwali. Diwali is also celebrated as a harvest festival by farmers to commemmorate the advent of wealth and happiness. PTI
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The Swaminaryan temple in Surat too lit up on the occasion of diwali. Diwali is also celebrated as a harvest festival by farmers to commemmorate the advent of wealth and happiness. PTI
Diwali also marks the new year for business in many parts of the country. PTI
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Diwali also marks the new year for business in many parts of the country. PTI
Called as "Chopda Poonjan", traders workship their account books and computers. The blessing ceremony is performed by priests. AP
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Called as "Chopda Poonjan", traders workship their account books and computers. The blessing ceremony is performed by priests. AP
The festival was celebrated with fervour by army personnel posted near International border. Bordermen lit up diyas and brust crackers, however the traditional practice of exchanging sweets with Pakistani troops did not take place. PTI
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The festival was celebrated with fervour by army personnel posted near International border. Bordermen lit up diyas and brust crackers, however the traditional practice of exchanging sweets with Pakistani troops did not take place. PTI