There was a festive fervour across the country on Thursday on the occasion of Diwali, as houses were decorated with diyas and rangolis and illuminated with lights. Several public gatherings were organised on the occasion where people came together to release sky lanterns and watch the fireworks.
Diwali was also celebrated in Sri Lanka where devotees thronged temples to offer prayers. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority ran Diwali-themed buses and trains. The streets in Singapore, which has a sizeable Indian population, were also decorated with lights.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Diwali with soldiers posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez Sector. Modi offered sweets and exchanged greetings with the jawans .
The Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Akshardham temple in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar were illuminated with lights. On Wednesday, the Deepotsav event was organised in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, which was also attended by Chief Minister Adityanath.