There is only one way to put an end to the evil, and that is through overpowering it with good.
The burning of massive effigies of the demon disguised as king, Ravana along with his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnad, is the festival of Dussehra; also known as Vijaydashmi. Celebrated throughout India with great enthusiasm and frolic, this festival hold deep religious values to the people.
Another mythological tale associated with the celebration of this day is the execution of the evil Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. Thereby, putting a halt to the cruelty of the evil. The day is largely celebrated to mark the triumph of good over sin.
The celebrations in the city were clearly evident since the last nine days. Ramlila, which has been my personal favorite form of drama ever since childhood, holds in it the true essence of Hindu mythology. From the dramatic staging of Lord Ram’s journey to rescue Sita from Ravana, to the ending of the Ramlila which is carried out in a procession through the city area to the local ground where effigies are placed to be burnt; everything carries in it the belief of victory over cruelty.
The aura on the eve of Dussehra is quite enthralling with happiness all around and people gathering to celebrate the auspicious event. This not only marks the festive season in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata and Orissa, but is also celebrated in Nepal and Bangladesh.
Vijayadashmi– the fall of the wicked, is not an end to the excitement accumulating from the past few days. But, it is the beginning of the countdown to the festival of lights-Diwali. The day outlines beautifully that as many times the evil takes birth, there will always be something good that will put an end to it. With this, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Dussehra!
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