Ravan Dahan: How Does Varanasi Celebrate The Day?

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Every year after the completion of nine days of Navratri, the tenth day is celebrated as Dusshera. Read how Rahan Dahan is celebrated every year in Varanasi.

Written By Jiya Chulet | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The diverse cultures and customs in India are best experienced during Navratri and Dussehra celebrations. The celebrations across the whole country brighten its rich ethnicity. Some states celebrate Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasur, while Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan is celebrated in other states. However, the common purpose of the celebration is to teach the victory of the good over the evil.

How Ravan Dahan is celebrated in Varanasi?

Each state in India celebrates this festival uniquely. Varanasi is considered as one of the best places to experience Ravan Dahan. Navratri makes Varanasi lively with an aura of celebration and religiosity in the blend. During the nine days of Navratri, the city becomes a favourite haunt of believers and devotees. Ram-Leela is a celebration that you do not want to miss in Varanasi. The Ram Leela depicts the early life of Ram including his childhood and education to his marriage with Sita. Lord Ram’s reunion with Bharat on return to Ayodhya after his victory is celebrated as Bharat Milaap on the next day of Dussehra

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What is the purpose of burning a Ravan effigy?

Ravan is described as having 10 heads and 20 limbs. For many, he symbolises the negative or corrupt emotions that exist in humans. Each of his 10 heads associates to an aspect that must be overcome-lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride, jealousy, selfishness, hatred, cruelty, and ego. According to mythology, King Mahabali told Ravan to get rid of his negative emotions. However, he refused, claiming that they were important to him. The inefficiency of Ravan to control his emotions and urges led to his destruction. The intention behind Ravan Dahan is to teach a lesson that one should keep these 10 emotions in control. 

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