Dussehra: Ravana images were burned in Delhi to mark the victory of good over evil. The day of Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, was celebrated with images of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and
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. Huge images were built in Delhi’s Shastri Nagar and Noida.
Huge effigies of the demon king Ravana burst into flames as Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh joined the nation on Friday to celebrate Dussehra and mark the triumph of good over evil. Images of Ravana, his son Meghnad and his brother Kumbhakaran were set on fire and firecrackers exploded at various locations in the two states.
The epic Ramayana states that on the day Vijayadashmi, Lord Rama, killed Ravana. The idea of symbolizing Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana gave rise to the tradition of burning images of Ravana.
In Dussehra, images of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhkarn are commonly burned in public spaces as a symbolic gesture to mark the victory of good over evil.
The festival denotes the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana and is characterized as the triumph of good over evil.
As Vijayadashami marks the end of the annual Durga Puja festival, images of Ravan were burned across the country to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
A senior environmental official said Thursday the government had not issued any specific instructions on burning effigies during Dussehra. However, since there is a general ban on popping crackers, burning effigy is effectively prohibited.
There are a number of popular places where you can enjoy Ravan Dahan in North Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi, East Delhi or Dwarka. The Lav Kush Ramlila Committee is known to be the oldest committee in Delhi. It was founded in 1979.
Dussehra coincides with the culmination of the nine-day Navratri festival and the tenth day of the Durga Puja festival. For many, it marks the beginning of preparation for Diwali, which takes place 20 days after Dussehra.
Mandsaur – Madhya Pradesh
The people of the city consider Ravana their son-in-law. For this reason Ravana’s image is not burned in Mansaur, especially in the old city. Also, many in this city see Ravana as a learned scholar whose talents far outstripped the evil within him.
A few people have also mentioned Ram Dahan in Sri Lanka in various forums on the internet. However, there is no concrete evidence of such activities taking place during Dussehra.
This is not the only village not celebrating Dusshera and mourning the death of Ravana. Ravana’s wife Mandodari is the daughter of King Mandawar who once ruled the village of Mador in Rajasthan, so the residents of this village do not celebrate Dusshera either and have placed a statue of Ravana in their temple.
People belonging to the Gond tribe in Mahrashtra’s Gadchiroli worship Ravana and his son Meghanada as gods. According to the beliefs of the tribe, Ravana was never demonized in the Valmiki Ramayana and it was clearly mentioned that he did no harm to Sita.
On the day of Dussehra or Dashami, Rama, the king and hero of the great Hindu epic Ramayana, killed the unjust Ravana, the 10-headed demon king of Lanka.
Sri Lankans do not worship Ravana as a god, but they consider him a great king for all that he is famous for. To them he was the king who resisted invaders. For them, he is the tragic hero who was betrayed by his own brothers while trying to avenge his sister’s honor.