Photo Story: Deepavali without ‘Deepa’?

Bhubaneswar, November 9:

“These days almost everyone buys ‘litchu light’. Gone are the days of ‘deepa’. The Pradhan Mantri has requested everyone to use hand-made earthen ‘deepa’ to light up homes this Deepavali. ‘Make in India’ or something like that. They didn’t listen to him in Bihar. I hope they will listen to him this time”.

prapration of diya (1)
Making of Deepa
prapration of diya (2)
A man arranging Deepa
prapration of diya (3)
A young girl moulding earthen lamps

Photographs by Prabhat Mohanty