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The Making of Ravana

How Effigies of the Demon King are made before the Dusshera Festival


A Photo Gallery by Ajay Rawat depicting how effigies of the Demon King Ravana are made before the the Hindu festival of Dusshera.

Dusshera, the 10th and last day of the worship of the Mother Goddess Durga is also known as "Vijayadashmi," which literally means the "Victorious Tenth Day." The festival occurs the day after Navaratri, the "Nine Divine Nights". It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and marks the defeat and death of the demon king Ravana in the epic Ramayana. Huge effigies of Ravana are burned amidst the bangs and booms of firecrackers. Symbolically, it represents the annihilation of all things evil around and within us.

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