Dussehra celebrations begin in Allahabad

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 09:10 hrs

Scores of residents in Allahabad participated in a colourful Dussehra procession to pay tribute to Lord Rama and Demon King Ravana.

The procession, which is in its 100th year, attracted huge crowds.

It included tableaux that depicted scenes from the Ramayana.

A resident said that the procession is brought to the city with full grandeur every year.

"This is a procession of King Ravana, and we do this every year with full fervour, and we arrange for a grand welcome for him," said Rajesh Pandey.

In the procession, Ravana was seated on a colourful chariot.

Residents took Ravana's blessings for accomplishing their goals and to become mentally powerful. Musical bands from all over the country were called to perform at the event and a wonderful display of lights was also organised.

In the modern context, people see Ravana as the metaphor of corruption.

"In today's time, there is a demon, Ravana is there in every house, in every state and now lord Rama should take birth to kill the demon," Mukul Tiwari, who was essaying the role of Ravana.

These events were organised before the commencement of the nine day Hindu festival of "Navratri,' and on the tenth day people celebrate Dussehra, which marks the triumph of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Lord Rama beheaded the demon-king 'Ravana'. (ANI)

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