Diwali celebrations have become contemporary with different types of earthen lamps or handi lamps (earthen lamps shaped as handis or bowls). Some of these handi lamps with the designer touch, with innovative designs glittering and sparkling on them, are sold by a few women from their home boutiques. Then there are also the star-shaped earthen diyas that hold a large quantity of oil and five wick in one lamp and are available at roadside stalls. Corners of rooms and puja rooms can be decorated and lighted up with brass, copper or metal lamps.
Glimpses of diya workers at work.
Image: Indian potters load dried clay earthen lamps in a furnace at Basanta Pur village on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
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Festival of lights brings cheer to potters