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Happy Diwali: India gears up for the festival of lights


On the eve of Diwali we bring you a kaleidoscopic view of how India is preparing for the Festival of Lights.
Physically challenged children celebrate Diwali in Guwahati. (PTI)


People shop for Diwali festival in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Sumit Malhotra)


There has been a 5 per cent increase in prices of crackers this year but this hasn't interrupted crackers' sale in the city. In fact,demand for new variety of crackers in the market has gone up. (IE Photo: Dilip Kagda)


Musical fire crackers with different whistle sounds,rockets,Chinese crackers,sparkles,shots and gun crackers are attracting a large number of people. Crackers available in the market range between Rs 10 and Rs 6,500. (IE Photo: Dilip Kagda)

A visually impaired student shows candles made by him,while others packing ahead of Diwali at Institute of Blind in Chandigarh. (IE Photo: Sumit Malhotra)


BSF jawans celebrate Diwali at their camp in Bikaner. (PTI)


People shop for dry fruits and other eateries for Diwali festival in Chandigarh. (IE Photo: Sumit Malhotra)


Shopkeepers claim that the demand for LED lights and laser lights have gone up this year. LED lights range between Rs 25 and Rs 900,while laser lights with different designs costs between Rs 500 and Rs 1,300. (AP)


Traditional sky lanterns 'Goodudeepas' displayed at Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple ahead of Diwali in Mangalore. (PTI)


(IE Photo: Sumit Malhotra)


A woman shops for artificial garlands ahead of Diwali in Allahabad. (AP)


Women arrange oil lamps and flowers around a 'Rangoli' during the celebrations ahead of Diwali in Ahmedabad. (Reuters)


A potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali in Amritsar. (AP)