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Hindus Worship Lakshmi Goddess in Diwali Festival

Diwali, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals, dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess of wealth Lakshmi.

Devotees light lamps and candles near the sacred pond of the illuminated Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, on the occasion of Diwali festival and Bandi Chorh Diwas in Amritsar, India, on Oct. 30, 2016.

Devotees started to visit the Golden Temple from pre-dawn hours to seek blessings on Diwali festival. The festival coincides with the Bandi Chorh Diwas which is also celebrated at the Golden Temple to mark the return of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Guru or the Master of the Sikhs, to Amritsar after his release from Gwalior fort during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir.

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A Pakistani Hindu family offers prayers and light candles as they mark Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Lahore on Oct. 30.

The festival marks victory over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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A Sikh boy lights candles near the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, on Oct 30.

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A cow adorned with garlands and smeared with vermilion powder is pictured during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 30.

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A street vendor spreads vermilion powder used for worship in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct.29. 

 

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Children watch firecrackers being lit on the eve of Diwali at an orphanage in Jammu, India, on Oct. 29, 2016. 

 

 

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Indian athletes watch fireworks at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium on the eve of Diwali in Allahabad on Oct. 29.

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People hold sky lanterns to release during a campaign against the use of firecrackers during Diwali in Kolkata, India, on Oct. 30. 

Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival of lights. 

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People decorate their houses with lanterns and lights as they celebrate the annual Hindu festival in Mumbai, India, Oct. 30. 

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Indians play with firecrackers in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 30. 

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A woman holds candles in Mumbai, India, on Oct. 30.

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