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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 11:33 GMT
Picture gallery: India's festival of lights
Indians have been celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, during which Hindus offer prayers to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

The festival season this year was marred by an attack in the capital, Delhi, where the police shot dead two suspected militants, who they say were planning a major attack in order to disrupt the proceedings.

BBC News Online brings you glimpses of the festival.

Amritsar's Golden temple
Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, was illuminated for days for the festival.

Children at a Diwali fair in Bombay
Many children in Bombay took part in a fun fair

A busy market place in Jammu
Markets in Jammu offered huge discounts to attract buyers

Soldiers at a camp near Amritsar, letting a child inspect his gun
Soldiers at the border with Pakistan mingled with civilians at a special event

Delhi police checking a car following the militant's killing
People in Delhi had to endure extra security after the killing of two militants in a shopping area

Police recovered weapons from the dead militants
Police say they recovered arms and ammunition from the dead militants

Shoppers in Delhi's Sarojini Nagar market
But the attack did not dampen the spirit of shoppers in other areas of Delhi
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