Hindus all over India have been celebrating the Dusshera Festival this month. Signifying the triumph?
Hindus all over India have been celebrating the Dusshera Festival this month. Signifying the triumph of good over evil, the festival is held each year at the end of the rice harvest.
SYNOPSIS: In cities and villages throughout India, millions crowd the streets for the festival.
Its highlight is the restaging of the epic of Ramayana, which is told in nightly instalments spun out over ten days. Each evening's procession has floats depicting characters from the legend, which unfolds the theme of good beating evil.
The legend tells of how Rama destroyed the demon King Ravana and his two evil aides to rescue his kidnapped bride, the beautiful Sita. The climax is the battle between the hero and villain.
Dominating the processions are huge bamboo and paper effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarana and his son Meghnath, the blackguards in the story.
According to the legend, Rama's ultimate weapon was fire-tipped shaft, which he hurled at his enemy. At this, Ravana and his henchmen, who are stuffed with fireworks, explode in a fury of sound and bursting light.