Hindus celebrate Diwali in India

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

10 PHOTOS
Diwali: Festival of Light
See Gallery
Hindus celebrate Diwali in India
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Pink lights illuminate patterns on the ceiling of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury during Diwali celebrations on November 11, 2015 in London, England. The Hindu festival of Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A woman decorates the pavement outside her home with sand, known as rangoli art, to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 11, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Up to 35,000 people attended the Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A young boy watches fireworks from his bedroom window as people gather to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 11, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Up to 35,000 people attended the Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pakistani minority Hindus celebrate Diwali in Karachi on November 11, 2015. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enhusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A light installation entertains crowds as they celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 11, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Up to 35,000 people attended the Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ALLAHABAD, INDIA - 2015/11/10: Sportsman light candle during 'Track Puja', q firecracker lights up the sky as candles and lamps are seen lit across a field ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. (Photo by Amar Deep/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
VRINDAVAN, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - 2015/11/10: Hindu devotee offering Aarti on Bank of river Yamuna to celebrate diwali festival in Vrindavan. (Photo by Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
VRINDAVAN, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - 2015/11/10: Hindu devotee offering Aarti on Bank of river Yamuna to celebrate diwali festival in Vrindavan. (Photo by Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KOLKATA, INDIA - 2015/11/11: Kali Puja was celebrated in Kolkata and West Bengal with zeal and religious flavor on Tuesday, a day ahead of Dewali or Deepavali. Residential houses and public place were illuminated with candle and lamps. People use fireworks as part of Festivity. (Photo by Saikat Paul/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


Hindus across India celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, on Wednesday by holding prayer ceremonies, bursting crackers, lighting fireworks and shopping.

Diwali is celebrated all over India as it marks the return of Hindu god Lord Rama to Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the powerful demon king of Lanka.

Indians celebrate the festival by lighting lamps, bursting fire crackers and distributing sweets among loved ones.

Hindus also worshipped elephant god, Ganesha, and goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and performed special prayers on the occasion.

Diwali is also celebrated in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi, signifying prosperity, showers her blessings upon those homes that are clean and well lit.

In central Bhopal city, people shopped for items to decorate their homes.

"There is different feeling during festival. It feels good to come out and buy sweets, candles, lights and we make all these preparations for this occasion," said a resident of central Bhopal city, Manju Sahani.

Hindus worship elephant god, Ganesha and goddess of wealth, Lakshmi and perform special prayers on the occasion.

Some residents in northern Jammu and Kashmir state vowed to go eco-friendly this season.

"We light candles and earthen lamps and celebrate Diwali. This year we will not burn crackers because we want the festival to be eco-friendly where we do not feel like polluting our earth," said a resident, Bindiya, in Jammu city.

Legend says millions of lamps were lit when Lord Rama returned after 14 years of exile in forests after defeating Ravana.

India Celebrates Festival of Lights, Diwali
More from AOL.com:
Nepalese festival dedicates a whole day to worshipping dogs
The World Salsa Masters 2015
Father Christmases graduate from 'Santa school'

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

20 Folks Recall Shocking Interview Moments That Made Them NOT Want the Job 20 Folks Recall Shocking Interview Moments That Made Them NOT Want the Job
Nature Gets Revenge On Safari Hunter Who Killed Elephants And Lions For Sport Nature Gets Revenge On Safari Hunter Who Killed Elephants And Lions For Sport
Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going