Posted by: John Elliott | October 9, 2008

Happy Dussehra!

It’s the festival of Dussehra and I’ve just been to watch a huge effigy of Ravana going up in flames in Golf Links where I live in central Delhi – here are some pictures.

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In the days before Dussehra, scenes from the ancient Ramayana epic have been enacted across India, especially in the north where every city has a large park area known as a Ramlila Ground and many smaller copies.

Tonight, there have been fireworks displays, ending with a ceremonial burning of effigies celebrating Ravana’s defeat by King Rama. Ravana was a rival king, who had abducted Rama’s wife Sita to what is now Sri Lanka – signifying, as I explained in a post last Dussehra, victory over hubris and ego.

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