Vijaydashami, widely known as dussehra is a Hindu festival that is grandly celebrated across India, Nepal and some parts of Bangladesh. Dussehra stands as a metaphor for the victory of good over evil and is observed to celebrate king Ram’s (A Hindu God) victory over the ten-headed demon, Ravan; the day also marks the defeat of the demon Mahishaur by the Hindu Goddess, Durga.
Dussehra follows nine days of observance of Durga Puja (prayer) popularly termed Navratri, meaning nine nights. While Durga Puja is celebrated across India and Nepal, Kolkata in West Bengal is known for its lavish and at the same time strict, celebration of the festival.
On Dussehra, people across the country build huge mockery of Ravan with papers, sticks, cloths, hays etc. On the night of dussehra people from the whole community gather and burn Ravan to imitate the burning of Lanka by Ram as is explained in the mythology, Ramayana.
Here are five photos that highlight the celebration of Dussehra in India:
A street in Kolkata filled with marigold (a significant flower during dussehra) sellers
The Mysore Place is beautifully lit up every year
10 heads of Ravan decorated on a street of Delhi prior to “the burning of Ravan”
The bursting of fire-crackers
The burning of Ravan
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