In pictures: Preparation ahead of the Hindu festival 'Diwali'

Hindu festival of Diwali will take place on 19 October, prompting devotees to make preparations for the celebrations
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An Indian artist shows earthenware oil pots or 'diyas' at a workshop ahead of the forthcoming Diwali festival on the outskirts of Hyderabad. 'Diyas', which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the Diwali festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
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This photograph shows Indian workers preparing firecrackers at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
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Indian potters paint earthen lamps ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Jalandhar. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, 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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An Indian vendor display chimes in the shape of bells on sale at a roadside stall ahead of the Diwali festival, in Amritsar.
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Indian shoppers throng the ancient Teen Darwaja marketplace on the last Sunday ahead of the Hindu festival 'Diwali' in Ahmedabad. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, 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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Indian shoppers throng the ancient Teen Darwaja marketplace on the last Sunday ahead of the Hindu festival 'Diwali' in Ahmedabad. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, 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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Indian worker puts gun powder inside a clay pot to make a firecracker for the upcoming Diwali festival at a workshop in Champahati around 35 Km south of Kolkata. Fire crackers are in heavy demand for the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on October 19 this year, marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.
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An Indian potter makes traditional earthenware pots and oil pots or 'Diyas' at a workshop ahead of the forthcoming Diwali festival, on the outskirts of Kolkata. 'Diyas', which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the Diwali festival which marks the victory of good over evil.
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Indian street vendor sells plastic flowers ahead of the Hindu festival 'Diwali' in Allahabad. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, 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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An Indian potter arranges traditional earthenware statues of Hindu deities at a workshop ahead of the forthcoming Diwali festival, on the outskirts of Kolkata. Traditional oil pots or 'diyas' which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the Diwali festival which marks the victory of good over evil.