Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights that is being celebrated every year with huge pomp and show all over India. As the nation gears up for the festival with Diyas and crackers, Kolkata has more to 'joy'.
It is time for Kali puja, where Shakti is revered for her Supreme Power, thus symbolising the light over the dark, the goodness over the evil.
Late night preparations for the puja are commonplace in West Bengal, accentuated by food, fun and light. So, here are some pics of both the festivals.
The making of the Shakti
Kolkata: An artist making clay idols of Goddess Kali ahead of Kali puja in Kolkata on Saturday. PTI
The streets of Kolkata
Kolkata: Artists busy in making idols of Goddess Kali for upcoming Kali Puja at Kumartuli in Kolkata on Sunday. PTI
Sea of lights
Chennai: A policeman tries to control the sea of people thronging the famous shopping hub of Ranganathan Street for Diwali shopping, in Chennai on Sunday. PTI
Bhopal: An artist paints an idol of Goddess Lakshmi ahead of Diwali in Bhopal on Saturday. PTI
Lining up the lamps
Karad: A vendor arranges lanterns for sale ahead of Diwali in Karad, Maharashtra on Saturday. PTI
Agartala: A potter makes diyas in preparation for the Diwali in Agartala, Tripura on Saturday. PTI
Say no to Noise
Ambala: School students hold placards promoting a 'Green Diwali' without firecrackers in Ambala Cantt on Tuesday. PTI
Lighting up lives
Jodhpur: A potter makes diyas in preparation of the upcoming Diwali festival in Jodhpur, on Monday. PTI
Dancing to the tunes of India
London : People gather to watch dancers during the London Diwali Festival celebrations for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, in Trafalgar Square, central London, Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. PTI
In Trafalgar Square
London : People gather to watch the London Diwali Festival celebrations for Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, in Trafalgar Square, central London, Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. Major events are planned across the capital as London marks its cultural diversity with the Diwali festival.AP
New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma with his wife Shefali Verma after shopping decorative items during Diwali Utsav 2016, organized by Police Families Welfare Society at Delhi Sports Ground in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI
Speaking for a true cause
New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma addresses during Diwali Utsav 2016 organized by Police Families Welfare Society at Delhi Sports Ground in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI
Shopping for Diwali
New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma (C) with his wife Shefali Verma (Right) shopping decorative items at a stall during Diwali Utsav 2016, organized by Police Families Welfare Society at Delhi Sports Ground in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI
Diyas in the making
Jammu: A woman potter carrying earthen lamps to dry at a workshop ahead of the Diwali festival in Jammu on Friday. PTI
The Diwali stamp
A new stamp is being released on Diwali.