Dussehra

DUSSEHRA

Dussehra is an important festival celebrated at the end of Navratri and Durga Pooja. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ means ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi’ means ‘tenth day’), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife, Sita. Metaphorically, it represents the triumph of good over evil. In the northern parts of India, the legendary triumph is re-enacted till date. Huge effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath, stuffed with fireworks and crackers, are placed in vast open grounds. Actors dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana enact the final moments of the battle which climaxes with the character playing Rama, shooting a flaming arrow at the effigies from a safe distance.

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