The Ramayana epic reenactment culminated today in the Dussehra celebrations marking the victory of Lord Rama over the demon King of Lanka(Ceylone) Ravan who had abducted Lord Rama's consort Sita.
LS Drummers leading the Ram Lila procession.
LMS Goddess Durga in her chariot.
MS Drummers and flutes men in the procession.
MS Ravan and associated in the procession.
MS Sita in her chariot.
MS Children playing flute in the procession.
LMS Lord Buddha sitting under tree.
MS Brahmins reciting Ramayan verses in the procession.
MS CU Rama and Lakshman in the procession.
CU MS Different shots of the cracker-stuffed effigies of Ravan, Meghnath and Kumbh Karan.
CU A small girl sitting and watching Ram Lila.
MS CU LS Several cutaways of the crowds watching Ram Lila.
MS Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri going round the Ram Lila grounds and waiving to crowds.
MS CU Various shots of the fire works.
MS CU Various shots of the effigies burning and falling to ground.
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Background: The Ramayana epic reenactment culminated today in the Dussehra celebrations marking the victory of Lord Rama over the demon King of Lanka(Ceylone) Ravan who had abducted Lord Rama's consort Sita.
Ramayana is an Indian mythological epic depicting the overcoming of good over evil. Written by sage Valmiki and translated into easy Hindi by Tulsi Das, the story goes how Lord Rama, wife Sita and brother Lakshman were exiled for fourteen years into jungles through viles of stepmother. In Jungles Rama's wife Sita was abducted by Ravan the demon king of Lanka. Brothers Ram and Lakshman waged war against the ceylon king and were aided by the monkey God Hanuman and his monkey army. Ravan was slain and Sita recovered.
Ramayan is celebrated every year in all parts of India. In Delhi the full story is enacted in Drama at Ram Lila Grounds. Tableaus carrying Lord Rama and others each day go through the city in fanfare and on the final day when according to legend, Ravan is slain, huge effigies of Ravan, his brother Kumbh Karan and son Meghnath are burnt heralding their death and victory of good over evil.
This year Dussehra was celebrated on 15th October and Prime Minister Shashtri watched the burning of effigies. A crowd of about one million witnessed the burning.