A worker engraves a stone

Hindu monk’s temple mission in India a headache for Modi

(Reuters) The disputed site, now ringed with guard towers and troops, is in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, the setting of elections early next year that could make or break Modi’s chances of gaining control of the upper house of parliament.

Participants from the Newar community in traditional attire take part in the parade to celebrate the Newari New Year that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 12, 2015. Members of the Newar community observe the start of their Newari New Year 1136, in accordance with their lunar calendar, by worshipping their spiritual selves in a ritual known as "mahapuja." Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with the photo slideshow RNS-DIWALI-FESTIVAL, originally transmitted on Nov. 12, 2015.

PHOTOS: The beauty of Diwali in Nepal

The Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali, is celebrated all over the world with music, dance and fireworks. In Kathmandu, Nepal, it is known as the Tihar festival to the Newar community, who observe the start of their new year 1136 according to the lunar calendar.