Posted by: John Elliott | October 11, 2016

Happy Dussehra!

img_6485It’s the festival of Dussehra and I’ve just watched an effigy of Ravana going up in flames in the park in front of my Golf Links flat in New Delhi – here are some pictures.

This is the start of a festive season that  leads on to Diwali, the festival of lights, which this year is on October 30. 

Tonight, there have been fireworks displays, ending with a ceremonial burning of effigies celebrating img_6493Ravana’s defeat by King Rama.

Ravana was a rival king, who had abducted Rama’s wife Sita to what is now Sri Lanka – signifying victory over hubris and ego, as I explained  in a post a few years ago for some foreign visitors to Delhi when this blog appeared on the Fortune magazine website.


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