Dussehra, also is known as Vijayadashmi, is a major festival celebrated by Hindus at the end of Navratri every year. The festival is called as Vijayadashmi in the southern part of India, where it marks Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura. In the North, the festival is called as Dusshera and is marked as Rama’s victory over the Ravan. Dussehra is celebrated by towering effigies of Ravan (which symbolises the evil) burnt with fireworks, marking evil’s destruction. Dussehra is observed in different ways in different parts of the country. In Raipur, Dussehra is organised in different ways every year with a lot of enthusiasm.
The entire city of Raipur reaches the WRS colony to watch the Ravan Dahan and celebrate Dussehra with excitement. This year, a 101 feet effigy of Ravan is prepared for the festival. Effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhakaran are also built for today’s festival. Dussehra is being celebrated on this ground since the past 50 years. The ground capacity is of three lakhs people, and 15,000 entry passes are given to the people for the Dussehra festival.
This is the oldest site in Raipur for Ravan Dahan. There is also a permanent statue of Ravan built on this ground. People also visit this Ravan Dahan site to see the grand fireworks. The Balaji ride and Ramleela staging will be the centre of attraction here. Here 70-feet effigy of Raavan is built every year. Effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhakaran stand tall at 65-65 feet. The ground capacity is of 40,000 people.
Here, the effigies of Ravan are being burnt for the festival for many years. This colony is located in the middle of the city of happiness. The centre of attraction here is kite flying and grand fireworks. A 70-feet effigy of Ravan will be burnt this year in this colony. This year, the Chief guest here will be the Mayor of Raipur, Pramod Dubey.
The Ravan Dahan is special for people here because the festivities are carried right in the middle of the Raipur city. This busiest place in the city is very crowded at the Dussehra festival every year. Sapresala Maidan is known for its prominent kite-flying event. A 70-feet effigy of Ravan is built for this festival. The capacity of the ground is of 40,000 people. Grand fireworks are also organised every year for entertainment.