India gears up to celebrate festival of lights
Diwali is a festival of lights, which is celebrated every year in India. Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance".
A Shop in New Delhi selling lights
People buying lights decorating their homes in Diwali.
A man selling fire crackers
People purchasing crackers in a market in Kolkata to celebrate Kali Puja and Diwali.
A man carrying idol of Hindu goddess Kali
A man carries an idol of Hindu goddess Kali towards a temporary platform, as he walks past the clay idols of the mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata.
An artist painting idol
An artist paints an idol of Goddess Lakshmi ahead of Diwali festival in Nagpur.
A man making diyas for Diwali
A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Ahmedabad.
The colored diyas kept for drying
A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the festival of Diwali in Mumbai.
A shop decorated with lights for selling them
People shopping for the upcoming Diwali festival in New Delhi.