Dussehra is one the most important festivals of the the Hindus. It is celebrated int the memory of Rama’s victory over Ravana. ‘Dussehra’ is celebrated all over the India with the great enthusiam. The festival generally falls in the month of October. This year the Dussehra fell in October. In our town, the Dussehra Celebration started ten days before the festival. For ten days ‘Rama Leela’ was enacted. On one side of the ground were set up tall effigies of Ravana and his brother. The effigies were bound with crackers and explosives. Outside the ground a number of shops had sprung up. Most of these were ice cream vendors and chat wallas. Then there were shops which sold toys, fancy goods, bangles and crackers. Besides these shops, there were merry-go-rounds and gambling booths also.
On the fourth day, the scene of Rama’s marriage with Sita was enacted. First the marriage procession was taken out through the main streets of the town. Rama was seated in a chariot. The people on other side of the roads were watching it.
Throughout the celebration Rama’s character was depicted in the most impressive manner. He was obedient son, an effectionate brother, an ideal husband, a faithful friend. He was an example of moral perfection. His going into exile at the command of his father, his grief when Sita was taken away by Ravana, his friendship with Sugriva and family his invasion of Lanka to punish Ravana, all were enacted in an artistic manner.
On the evening of the final day, the effigies of Ravana and his brother were set on fire. Soon the fire engulfed them. The crackers inside the effigies exploded with a deafening sound. Within a few moments the tall figures turned into ashed. The marked the end of the day long celebrations. The victory of Rama over Ravana was victory of good over evil. Rama’s life is a lession for everybody to follow.