Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali.

PM Modi extended Diwali wishes in a picture signed by him along with a caption : दीपावली के पावन पर्व पर सभी देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। #Happy Diwali to everyone!

The festival of Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, goodness over evil and justice over injustice. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a major Hindu festival celebrated with much pomp across the country.

Popularly known as the festival of lights, Diwali is also celebrated by Hindus in Nepal, Malaysia, Mauritius and Pakistan. According to the Hindu holy books, the festival marks the return of Lord Ram from Sri Lanka to Ayodhya after defeating Raavan.