The Hindus of India celebrated the Dusshera Festival signifying the triumph of good over evil, during the month of October.
GV Tableaux of Lord Shiva, and band in procession. (2 SHOTS)
GV tableaux of Ravana and his wife.
SV/LV Crowd watch as tableaux of Lord Rama's childhood passes. (2 SHOTS)
SV/LV Crowd watch as Sita tableaux is pushed along street. (4 SHOTS)
SV Tableaux of Lord Krishna passes. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowd following processions.
GV/CU Three giant effigies of Kumbhkarna, Ravana and Meghnath on festival grounds. (4 SHOTS)
GV/CU Ravana fighting with bows and arrows against Rama and his brother Lakshmana on float as they enter festival ground. (3 SHOTS)
CU/GV Fireworks explode in the three effigies, which burn out. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The Hindus of India celebrated the Dusshera Festival signifying the triumph of good over evil, during the month of October. In towns and villages throughout India, millions of people crowded the street to watch processions representing instalment of the epic of Ramayana. Each float portrays a different character in the legend which tells how Rama destroyed the demon King Ravana and his two evil ides to rescue his kidnapped bride, the beautiful Sita. Lord Krishana is another character masquerading through the streets. Dominating the processions are huge effigies of Ravana's brother Kumbhkarana, Ravana himself and his son Meghnath, the evil ones in the story. During the fighting Ravana and his henchmen are defeated with the traditional weapons of bows and arrows. In the final stages of the battle, Ravana and his henchmen who are filled with fireworks, explode in a fury of sound and bursts of light. As the effigies crumble, Indians once again proclaim that in the end, good wins over evil and truth alone triumphs.