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Cameron celebrates Diwali on visit to Hindu temple

David Cameron visited one of the biggest Hindu temples outside India today, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London, to celebrate the Hindu festival Diwali.

The Prime Minister was decorated with a "tilak" - the red dot on the forehead adopted by Hindu worshippers on religious festivals. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a speech to thousands of worshippers, the Prime Minister said that the values of the UK's Indian community should be "ever more involved" in shaping British life.

Cameron said he valued the celebrations of the Hindu festival Diwali. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He also told worshippers he will soon make his third official visit to India as Prime Minister and said the British Indian community could help build relations with the Asian country.

The Prime Minister also apologised for failing to wear traditional Indian clothes during the visit. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands celebrate Diwali around the world

People light lamps to form the shape of Hindu god Ganesh in Chandigarh, northern India Credit: Reuters/Ajay Verma

Thousands of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world today are celebrating the first day of Diwali.

A man stands under lanterns for sale at a market in Mumbai on the eve of Diwali Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Last night worshippers lit earthen lamps, decorated home and streets with colourful lights and burst fire crackers to mark the eve of the celebration.

People enter a shop decorated with lights at a market in Mumbai Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Diwali - known as the festival of lights - is celebrated for five days.

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