Festivals like Dussehra not just for entertainment, must serve a purpose: PM Modi

Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, is a festival celebrated on the 10th day of Navratri every year.

By Ankita Bhandari | Last Updated: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 20:47

New Delhi: As the nine-day long Navratri culminated, the nation is on Saturday observing Vijayadashami, the day of victory, with religious fervour.

Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the invincible Buffalo king Mahishasura. The occasion is also seen as the day when Lord Ram defeated Ravana, which marks triumph of good over evil.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will take part in Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi later today, also took to his Twitter page to send out wishes to the nation.

30 September 2017, 20:47 PM

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan celebrates Vijayadashami along with wife in Sehore district's Budhni.

30 September 2017, 19:53 PM

Uttarakhand's Dehradun celebrates Dussehra.

30 September 2017, 19:52 PM

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan attends Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar, says, 'I wish fight against corruption in country reaches conclusion'.

30 September 2017, 19:43 PM

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal workers brandish and fire arms in the air on vijayadashami in Uttar Pradesh's Agra.

30 September 2017, 19:42 PM

Karnataka's Mysore Palace is being lit up for Dasara celebrations.

30 September 2017, 19:40 PM

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh take part in Dussehra celebrations in Raipur.

30 September 2017, 19:39 PM

Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti attends Dussehra celebrations at Srinagar's Polo Ground.

30 September 2017, 18:50 PM

Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi take part in Dussehra celebrations in Delhi.

30 September 2017, 18:46 PM

BJP President Amit Shah and actor John Abraham take part in Dussehra celebrations at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.

30 September 2017, 18:38 PM

Effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad are being burnt at Delhi's Red Fort ground. PM Modi and President Kovind take part in the celebration.

30 September 2017, 18:32 PM

30 September 2017, 18:28 PM

Festivals like Dussehra should not just be entertaining, must have a purpose: PM Modi at Red Fort

30 September 2017, 17:55 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrive at the Red Fort Ground to attend Vijayadashami celebrations.

30 September 2017, 17:52 PM

PM Narendra Modi attends Dussehra celebrations at the Red Fort ground for Vijayadashami celebrations. He interacts with former PM Manmohan Singh.

30 September 2017, 17:50 PM

Vijayadashami is being celebrated at Delhi's Red Fort Ground. Former PM Manmohan Singh, BJP's Manoj Tiwari and Vijay Goel grace the occasion.

30 September 2017, 17:18 PM

Procession of Durga idol immersion in Tripura's Agartala.

30 September 2017, 16:32 PM

The idol immersion ritual starts in Siliguri's Lalmohan Moulik Niranjan Ghat.

30 September 2017, 16:30 PM

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik greets people on Dussehra.

30 September 2017, 14:33 PM

Women in Guwahati, Kolkata offer prayers and participate in 'Sindur Khela' on the occasion Dussehra.

30 September 2017, 14:07 PM

Dasara festival being celebrated in Karnataka's Mysore Palace.

30 September 2017, 14:03 PM

Bollywood fraternity greets people on Vijayadashami: 

Anil Kapoor: May the victory of Good over Evil inspire you towards having your own victories! #HappyDussehra #VijayaDashami.

Akshay Kumar: May all your problems burn along with the effigy of Ravana and may you get success in everything you do. #HappyDussehra

Bhumi Pednekar: Wishing all you beautiful people a very #HappyDussehra .May the good in your life take over all the evil.Light,love and happiness

Sridevi Boney Kapoor: Wishing everyone a very Happy Dusshera. May this day bring victory, happiness and peace to all. #HappyDussehra

Vivek Anand Oberoi: May this Dussehra burn all your worries with Ravana and bring you and your family loads of happiness! A very #HappyDussehra to all of you!

30 September 2017, 13:58 PM

Internet services to remain suspended from 7 pm today to 4 am on tomorrow and again from 2 pm to 11.59 pm tomorrow in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

30 September 2017, 13:38 PM

Home Minister Rajnath Singh celebrates Dussehra with ITBP jawans in Jyotirmath.

30 September 2017, 13:36 PM

Effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad erected in Patna's Gandhi Maidan in Bihar for Vijayadashmi.

30 September 2017, 13:35 PM

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani performs Shastra Puja alongwith his wife at his Gandhinagar residence on Dussehra. 

30 September 2017, 13:34 PM

30 September 2017, 13:34 PM

West Bengal: People throng puja pandals and offer prayers on the occasion of Dussehra in Kolkata

30 September 2017, 13:33 PM

Kanpur: People offer prayers to Ravan at Dashanan Temple on Dussehra; temple opens every year only in the morning of Dussehra

30 September 2017, 13:32 PM

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweets, "Best wishes to all of you on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi. Happy Dussehra." 

30 September 2017, 13:32 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind also extends Dussehra greetings, saying, "Greetings to fellow citizens on Vijaya Dashami, a celebration of victory of good over evil. Shubho Bijoya!."

30 September 2017, 13:31 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the nation on the occasion of Vijayadashami, tweets, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi."

30 September 2017, 13:29 PM

RSS chief Bhagwat offers condolences to victims of Mumbai stampede that took place on Friday morning, in his Vijayadashami speech.

30 September 2017, 13:29 PM

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses party workers during the Vijayadashami festivities in Nagpur, calls people to take up cow protection without considering religion.

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