Diwali chokes Delhi as city enveloped in smog

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New Delhi/Nagpur, Nov 12 (ANI): The air quality of the national capital witnessed a gradual deterioration on Diwali due to the customary bursting of firecrackers, as few areas recorded ‘critical’ level of pollution, while the rest fell in ‘very poor’ category on the air monitoring scale. Delhi is reeling under a heavily laden atmosphere with smog due to the Diwali celebrations and there was even severe drop in visibility rate. Meanwhile, the air quality also deteriorated in Nagpur due to bursting of fire crackers on Diwali. People across India celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Wednesday by holding prayer ceremonies, bursting crackers and lighting fire. The stock markets were also opened for a special trading session between 5.45 pm and 6.45 pm. Traders take the one-hour to be auspicious for businesses. Diwali is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety 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. Legend says millions of lamps were lit when Lord Rama returned after 14 years of exile in forests after defeating Ravana.

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