Traditional fervour marks Dussehra celebrations across India - In Pics

Giant effigies of demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran went up in flames across India as nation celebrated Dussehra, marking the triumph of good over evil.

Updated: Oct 11, 2016, 23:40 PM IST
Traditional fervour marks Dussehra celebrations across India - In Pics
Pic courtsey: ANI

Delhi: Dussehra, the festival signifying the victory of good over evil, was on Tuesday celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the country.

The festival, also known as Vijayadashmi, commemorates the killing of demon king Ravana by Lord Ram. It also celebrates the killing of buffalo-demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga.

Giant effigies of 10-headed demon king Ravana was burnt on the Red Fort lawns in New Delhi, as the theme to defeat terrorism and recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army across LoC dominated the celebrations.

The Shri Dharmic Leela Committee's Ram Lila event was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, former PM Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar among others.

This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not attend the event here as he participated in Dussehra celebrations in Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Following are some pictures from across India: (Photos courtesy - ANI)