In Photos: Shastra Puja, Ravana effigies, and other rituals- here's how India is celebrating Dussehra 2021
05:53 PM Oct 15, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk
Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami, according to the Hindu calendar is celebrated on the 10th day after the nine days of Navratri festivities in the month of Ashvina. The festival is celebrated differently in various parts of the country.
It is celebrated with great joy and fervour across India by burning the effigies of Ravan in open fields to symbolise the victory of 'good' over 'evil'.
The day is also celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the king of Lanka, Ravana.
Dussehra is marked with religious enthusiasm across the country. Ramlila, the dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram is staged for 10 days and concludes on Dussehra.
Effigies of the ten-headed demon king Raavan, his brother Kumbhakaran and son Indrajit are burnt with fireworks to signify the destruction of evil.
From the burning of giant effigies, Ramayana plays, 'sindoor Khela', and sharpening and worshipping weapons, Dussehra is a festival that exhibits the country's incredible diversity.
Here's a look at how India celebrated Dussehra in 2021.