Dussehra epitomizes the triumph of good over evil.
This is the auspicious day when the great Lord Rama killed Ravana and
made Lanka free from the dominance of Asuras. The day when we burn the
effigy of Ravana along with his subordinates Meghanad and Kumbhkarana.
Lord Rama fought a battle of ten days with Ravana, who had abducted his
wife Sita. With his Monkey Army called Vanar Sena, Shri Rama defeated
the Ravana Sena and handed over the rule to Bhibhishan. Exact twenty
days after the end of the war, Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman
returned to Ayodhya. It is the same day on which the festival of Diwali
is celebrated. The significance of Dussehra in context of Diwali is thus
Since then the effigies of Ten faced Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkarana
are burnt. Usually, ten days before Dussehra, the whole Ramayana is
enacted in various parts of India as well as in many countries where
people of Hindu community are living. This is popularly known as Ram
Lila. On the tenth day, that is, Dussehra the whole Rama-Ravana war is
enacted and at last the actor playing the role of Lord Rama burns the
effigy with the stroke of his arrow.
It is also a day celebrated in India with great fervor. People,
exchange sweets, especially, jalebis among their loved ones. The day
also marks the advent of festive days till Diwali as people start
decorating their homes and distributing gifts to friends and family.