Ravan Dahan: Significance Of Burning The Ravana Effigies On Dussehra

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Ravan Dahan will be commenced tomorrow on account of Dussehra in India. The festival marks the triumph of light over darkness. Read on to find out more:

Written By Amir Khollam | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Ravan Dahan is the ritual of burning effigies of the demon king Ravana, his son Meghnath, and brother Kumbhakaran. The ritual is carried out at the day of Dussehra or Vijayadashmi. The festivities are celebrated in different ways across the country. The Ravan Dahan celebrates the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana. The festival marks the celebration of light over darkness. 

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Significance of Ravan Dahan

Dusshera or Vojayadashmi is an important Hindu film festival celebrated across the country. The festival is celebrated with the traditional ardour, devotion, and enthusiasm by the people in India. Villages and cities are lit up with bright and vibrant lights, symbolizing the importance of light in people's life. Ravan Dahan is an important part of the festival as it represents symbolic imagery of darkness losing to light. 

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After devoting nine days of Navratri for offering prayers to Maa Durga, on the day of Dusshera or Vijayadashmi an effigy of Ravana is burned. The epic Ramayana has stated that on the day Vijayadashmi, Lord Rama killed Ravana. The idea of symbolizing Lord Rama's win over Ravana has brought upon the tradition of burning effigies of Ravana. Various cultural programmes are also conducted in many parts of the country for people to enjoy. Many places also have a culture of enacting the story of Ramayana in a drama format before burning Ravana's effigy. This year, the tallest Ravana effigy has been built in Haryana. The effigy is 221 feet tall and required over 150 people to build. It took 12 hours to complete the Ravana effigy. 

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