In Pics: Here’s How India & the World Celebrated Diwali This 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:

Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station lit up in Mumbai.
Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station lit up in Mumbai.
Picture of Howrah Bridge in West Bengal.
Picture of Howrah Bridge in West Bengal.
Golden Temple in Amritsar was lit up on Bandi Chhor Divas.
Golden Temple in Amritsar was lit up on Bandi Chhor Divas.
A Nepalese vendor reacts as she sells marigold flower garlands during Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
An Indian man light lamps at the Akshardham temple on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights in Gandhinagar.
Nepal’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.
Hindu devotees praying at a temple during the Deepavali celebration in the Batu Caves of Selangor, Malaysia.
South 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.
People shop for lanterns at roadside stalls ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai.
Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu as part of Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.
A 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.
Traders 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.
PM Modi exchanged sweets with ITBP officials on Diwali.

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