• Short Summary

    IN INDIA, HINDUS HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE SACRED FESTIVAL OF DUSSEHRA. THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL ANNUALLY?

  • Description

    IN INDIA, HINDUS HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE SACRED FESTIVAL OF DUSSEHRA. THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL ANNUALLY MARKS THE TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER EVIL. AFTER NINE DAYS OF FASTING AND PRAYER, THE FESTIVAL ENDS WITH A MAGNIFICENT PROCESSION, WHICH TAKES PLACE ON TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS. IT IS A TIME FOR CELEBRATION FOR HINDUS ALL OVER INDIA, BUT NOWHERE IS THE PAGEANT RICHER THAN IN THE ANCIENT PRINCELY STATE OF MYSORE. ALTHOUGH THE STATE OF NOW RULED BY AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT, THE PEOPLE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE MAHARAJA WHO COMES OUT OF HIS PALACE TO LEAD THE PEOPLE IN THE RELIGIOUS FUNCTIONS OF THE DUSSEHRA.

    THE ROOTS OF THE DUSSEHRA FESTIVAL ARE BURIED DEEP IN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY. IT IS BASICALLY A STORY OF THE TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER EVIL WHICH SAVED THE WORLD FROM CATASTROPHE.

    THE HINDI EPIC, RAMAYANA, TELLS THE STORY OF HOW RAVANA, THE EVIL KING OF LANKA, WAS DEFEATED BY LORD RAMA WITH MONKEY GOD, HANUMAN. IT RECORDS HOW LORD RAMA SAT IN MEDITATION FOR NINE DAYS BEFORE THE FIGHT AND EVENTUAL VICTORY.

    MANY OTHER LEGENDS ARE ALSO INCORPORATED IN THE FESTIVAL DURING WHICH MANY GODS ARE WORSHIPPED INCLUDING THE NANDI (GREAT BULL). TRADITIONALLY WOMEN PASS UNDER THE BENT LEG OF THE 20 FOOT (6 METRE) HIGH STATUE.

    THE REGALIA USED IN THESE PROCESSIONS IS PRICELESS AND MUCH OF IT DATES BACK MAY CENTURIES. THE PROCESSION ALWAYS ATTRACTS HUGE CROWDS AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED THIS PROCESSION IN MYSORE CITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAUQM8F5BG2ODKNXIAS01WFKXR
    Media URN:
    VLVAAUQM8F5BG2ODKNXIAS01WFKXR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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