The whole nation is celebrating the festival of Dussehra today. This festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated to mark the victory of ‘good over evil’.
The term Dussehra is made up of two words, Dasha means ten, and Hara means defeat. This festival is also known as Vijaydashmi. Different parts of the country celebrate this festival in different styles, to mark Lord Ram’s win over Ravana. It also marks the onset preparations of the festival of lights Diwali which comes 20 days after Dussehra.
Huge effigies of Ravana were installed and then burnt in open grounds across the country. Ramlila a re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram was performed in which he saved Goddess Sita from Ravana, who abducted her and took her to his kingdom in Lanka.