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Diwali 2017: How India celebrated the festival of lights

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    People lighting earthen lamps on banks of River Saryu during Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya

    The festive fervour gripped the nation on Thursday as people celebrated Diwali or festival of lights by lighting diyas, paying obeisance to Goddess Lakshmi, distributing sweets, and well, bursting crackers

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    Students making a rongoli to celebrate Diwali in Guwahati

    While the northern and southern parts of the country commemorate it as the day of Ram's victory over Ravana, the eastern part remembers the slaying by Durga of Mahisasura, the buffalo demon

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    A view of illuminated Swaminarayan temple on occasion of Diwali in Surat

    The festival is celebrated to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers in Gurez valley of Jammu and Kashmir near the Line of Control (LoC), telling them how he gets energised by spending time with the Armed Forces which he called "my family"

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    Traders in Karol bagh, Delhi, worship GST portal and other e-gadgets during Diwali puja.

    Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

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    Young Hockey players light candles after track pujan at Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium during Deepawali festival celebration in Allahabad

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    Devotees queued at Dakhheneswar Kali temple during Diwali festival in Kolkata

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    Border Security Force soldier celebrates Diwali on the eve of Diwali festival in a bunker at Akhnoor about 35 km from Jammu

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    Traders performing worship "Chopda Poonjan" of account's books and computers on the occasion of Diwali festival in Surat

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    In Amritsar, fireworks display and the newly-installed LEDs lighting marked the celebrations of Diwali and "Bandi Chhor Diwas" as thousands of devotees flocked to the Golden Temple complex

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    A pandal, themed on Rajasthani Folk symbol camel on the eve of Kali Puja festival at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal

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    People performing rituals during "Laxmi poojan" on the occasion of Diwali in Ahmedabad

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    Residents of a housing society light lamps in remembrance of martyrs on the eve of Diwali festival in Gurugram

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    Kashmiri Muslim Woman along with her daughter prays during celebrations of Diwali festival,at Hanumaan Temple in Srinagar

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    People release sky lanterns to celebrate Diwali in Howrah

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    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee worships Goddess Kali at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata

    Ululations (high pitched vocal sounds) and peals of bells resonated across temples and residences observing Kali Puja, adding to the festive spirit in West Bengal

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    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with BJP State President Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan and party workers celebrate Diwali festival in Bhopal

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    Crowd of buyers at Sarojni Nagar Market on the occasion of Diwali festival

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    Kashmiri Pandits lights candles and earthen lamps during celebrations of Diwali festival at Hanumaan Temple in Srinagar

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    A view of illuminated jabalpur city with fireworks in sky during Diwali celebrations

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