DUSSEHRA CELEBRATIONS

manumint

Joined August 2009

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Navratri festival ends today and tomorrow(the 10th day)-another popular festival Dusshera will be celebrated all across India.

Yesterday me and my friends had a great time enjoying the on going Dusshera festival here in my home town. The official celebrations for this festival starts from day one of Navratri festival. Dusshera festival is celebrated in “dusshera ground” of my town(it’s just 10 minutes walk from my home) and streets are filled with people(of all age groups) going to Dusshera ground along with their friends & families. In the Dusshera ground there is preparations going on for tomorrow’s main Dusshera festival, there are several fun rides & Ferris wheels, small shops selling various goods,food stalls etc.

I was not home for all navratri festival days, so i came back home yesterday and i straight way rush to “Dusshera ground” with my friends and we had great time.

About Dusshera festival

Dusshera is a popular festival celebrated by Hindus all over India, albeit with different names. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ’Dashmi meaning ’tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife – Sita. In other words, it signifies the triumph of good over evil. The legendary triumph is reenacted to the day. In the northern parts of India, huge effigies of Ravana, his giant brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are placed in vast open grounds. Fireworks and crackers are placed inside the effigies.

Actors dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana enact the final moments of the battle, at the Ramlila ground. After the enactment of the climax of the war with Ravana, the character playing Rama shoots an arrow with a flaming tip at the effigies from a safe distance and the crowd bursts up in cheer, as the crackers catch fire. The enthusiasm and the cheers sometimes even drown the deafening blast. Merriment ensues, as people indulge themselves games, dance and music that are held at the fair.

Main festival of Dusshera is tomorrow, i hope to get some neat shots.

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