In Pics: Here’s How India & the World Celebrated Diwali This Year
India celebrated the festival of lights with as much fervor as every year.
Amid all the debates over firecrackers and pollution this Diwali, India celebrated the festival of lights with as much fervour as every year. While the Ayodhya Deepotsav on Tuesday made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records after lighting 301,152 diyas on the banks of River Sarayu, INS Arihant – lead ship of India's Arihant class of nuclear-power weapons – returned from it's first deterrence patrol on Dhanteras on Monday, thereby completing the establishment of India's nuclear triad.
Here’s a peek at how India and the world celebrated Diwali this year:
- 01/16Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station lit up in Mumbai.(Photo: ANI)
- 02/16Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station lit up in Mumbai.(Photo: ANI)
- 03/16Picture of Howrah Bridge in West Bengal.(Photo: ANI)
- 04/16Picture of Howrah Bridge in West Bengal.(Photo: ANI)
- 05/16Golden Temple in Amritsar was lit up on Bandi Chhor Divas.(Photo: ANI)
- 06/16Golden Temple in Amritsar was lit up on Bandi Chhor Divas.(Photo: ANI)
- 07/16A Nepalese vendor reacts as she sells marigold flower garlands during Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.(Photo: AP)
- 08/16An Indian man light lamps at the Akshardham temple on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights in Gandhinagar.(Photo: AP)
- 09/16Nepal’s Armed Police Force personnel garland a police dog after putting vermillion powder on its forehead during Tihar festival celebrations at a kennel division in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during the second day of Tihar festival.(Photo: AP)
- 10/16Hindu devotees praying at a temple during the Deepavali celebration in the Batu Caves of Selangor, Malaysia.(Photo: AP)
- 11/16South Korean culture, sports and tourism minister Do Jong-hwan, left, applauds as Kim Jung-Sook, second left, wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, lights an oil lamp during Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.(Photo: AP)
- 12/16People shop for lanterns at roadside stalls ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai.(Photo: AP)
- 13/16Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu as part of Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.(Photo: AP)
- 14/16A vendor arranges idols of Hindu goddess Lakshmi and other decorative articles at a road side market ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights in Hyderabad.(Photo: AP)
- 15/16Traders performs rituals during Chopada Pujan or a mass prayer ceremony dedicated to the worship of the account books, on the occasion of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the Swaminarayan temple in Ahmadabad.(Photo: AP)
- 16/16PM Modi exchanged sweets with ITBP officials on Diwali.(Photo: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
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