Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Dussehra celebrations at Dwarka, New Delhi, on Tuesday where he partook in the ceremonial festivities, which included him shooting an arrow at a Raavan - something which formally marks the end of the 10 days of Ramleela. On the occasion of Dussehra, the effigy of demon king Ravana is burnt to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.
PM Modi had traveled in the Delhi Metro to reach the venue in Dwarka for the Ravan Dhahan, where he also briefly wielded the Gada (mace).
As is custom, PM Modi at the Vijyadashmi celebration shot an arrow at a 107-foot Ravana effigy in Dwarka. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said "May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us. May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail. May evil be eliminated. Jai Shri Ram!"
May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2019
May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail.
May evil be eliminated.
Jai Shri Ram! 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/OCZOLsX7ug
In his address at the Dussehra event, PM Modi also mentioned that through the festivals in India, we enhance the diversity that exists in our country and said,
“Though India’s festivals, we celebrate the salient aspects of Indian culture. We get to know different types of art, music, song, and dance."
Furthermore, he encouraged women's empowerment and celebrating 'Nari shakti' on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. PM Modi said that India prays to Maha Lakshmi on Diwali. "Women are an incarnation of Lakshmi".
In the same address, the Prime Minister also made a reference to the 87th Air Force Day, which is being observed on Tuesday. In the morning he has shared a video showcasing his respect for the IAF:
Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence. pic.twitter.com/iRJAIqft11— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2019