Dussehra 2023: People all over India will be celebrating Dussehra or Vijayadashami today, October 24, Tuesday. The nine-day Navratri festival and Durga Puja celebrations come to a close on this day. Ravan Dahan is one of the most prominent Dussehra rites, representing the triumph of virtue over evil.
In numerous areas in India, an effigy of Ravan is burned. The ritual is frequently observed with tremendous zeal, pomp, and display. Some cities are well-known for their Ravan Dahan during Dussehra. Examine the Ravan Dahan tradition in India by state.
1) Delhi: The grounds of the Red Fort in Delhi are one of the greatest places to see the Dussehra celebrations. This wonderful celebration includes the Ravan Dahan. To depict the triumph of good over evil, an effigy of Ravan, together with his companions Meghnad and Kumbhakaran, is burned to commemorate the occasion.
2) Mysuru: The beautifully adorned Mysore Palace, which is illuminated by tens of thousands of lights, is the centerpiece of Karnataka. The Ravan Dahan, which is hosted nearby in a public location and attracts both residents and tourists, is part of the event.
3) Ayodhya: Dussehra is celebrated with tremendous zeal here since Ayodhya is considered to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. During this time, the entire city gets together to celebrate the occasion. A substantial portion of the Ravan Dahan at Ayodhya is included in the Ram Leela performance.
4) Varanasi: Ravan Dahan is a scene from the Ram Leela, a theatrical representation of Lord Rama’s life set in Varanasi, the historic city of the Ganges. It is a significant event for the city’s residents.
5) Chandigarh: Dussehra is also widely celebrated in Chandigarh. The Ravan Dahan celebration is part of a vibrant festival that includes food vendors, entertainment, and cultural displays. It’s a chance for the community to come together and celebrate the triumph of virtue over evil.
6) Jaipur: The Vidhyadhar Nagar Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s state capital, is a prime place to view Ravan Dahan. The city comes to life with processions, musical performances, and dancing acts. The Ravan Dahan festival is a spectacular sight that draws both residents and visitors.
7) Mumbai: An official said on Monday that more than 15,000 Mumbai police officers will be on patrol at locations of competing Shiv Sena Dussehra rallies to supervise the immersion of Goddess Durga idols after the Navratri holiday concludes.
8) Chhattisgarh: The Dussehra celebration in Bastar has begun to take shape, with the arrival of idols of goddess Danteshwari and other local deities during a 75-day period in the month of Ashwin. Bastar distinguishes apart because various rites are practised on a daily basis, and unlike other locations where effigies of ‘Ravan’ are burned, the event here honours ‘Mahishasur Mardini Adishakti.’