In Pics | Diwali celebrations across the globe

Diwali is celebrated with great fervour as it marks the return of Hindu god Lord Rama to Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the powerful king of Lanka. The festival is being celebrated all across the world. Scroll below for images. 

Diwali in Colombo

A Hindu devotee holds an oil lamp while offering prayers during Diwali, the festival of lights, at a Hindu temple in Colombo. 

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Celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

Customers browse flowers and other decorations on the eve of the Hindu festival in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.

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Offering prayers

Hindu devotees offer prayers during Diwali, at a temple in Colombo. One of the most popular Hindu festivals, it is seen as a celebration of the victory of good over evil. 

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Lighting oil lamps

A Hindu devotee lights an oil lamp while offering prayers. The festival of lights is being celebrated all across the world.

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Awareness campaign in Siliguri

People light earthen lamps during an awareness campaign against air pollution caused by firecrackers used during the celebrations for the upcoming Hindu festival of Diwali, in Siliguri.

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Deepotsav celebrations

People watch a laser show on the banks of the river Sarayu during Deepotsav celebrations on the eve of Diwali.

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Light show

People watch a light show on the banks of the river Sarayu. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish people a happy Diwali. 

"It is my wish that the festival brings happiness, prosperity, and good fortunes in everyone's life," he said.

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Little India district in Singapore

A customer gets hena tattoed on her hands on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the Little India district in Singapore.

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Diwali lightings in Singapore

Diwali lightings were seen in various parts of Singapore as people gear up to celebrate the festival of lights.

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Fireworks above Ain Dubai

Fireworks light the sky above Ain Dubai (the Dubai Eye), the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

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Golden Temple in India

Sikh devotees watch fireworks explode over the the illuminated Golden Temple on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas, a Sikh festival coinciding with Diwali.

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