The festival Dussehra is the celebration of Lord Ram’s triumph over Ravana : the victory of good over evil. Ravan had abducted Sita , the wife of Lord Rama and took her with him to his kingdom of Lanka.
It is called Dussehra because according to the great Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravana on the tenth day.
Ravana was a demon by birth but very learned and a devotee of Lord Brahma, however in the end his evil side got the better of him.
Dussehra in India is one of the popular festivals celebrated by the folks with great joy and enthusiasm. It is said that this festival removes the bad fate from people’s life. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of ShuklaPaksh, the bright star Aswin, followed by the Hindu calendar. This festival falls between the months of October and November.
Throughout Navratri, Ramleela is organised in many parts of the country and people enjoy the enactment of the play based on Ramayana. The festival of Dussehra is also known as DurgaPooja and in eastern part of India people worship Goddess Durga all the nine days and celebrate Dussehra as it was on that day that the demon Mahisasura was killed by the Goddess.
In most of N.India and particularly in Delhi The ‘Ramlila’ – an enactment of the life of Lord Rama, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the tenth day (Dussehra or Vijay Dasami), larger effigies of Ravana, his son and brother – Meghnadh and Kumbhakarna are set to fire.
Another significance of the burning of Ravan’s effigy is that it’s a symbolic burning of all evil within us.
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