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Tell your Kids the Story of Dusshera!

on October 19, 2012

Dussehra, also called Vijayadashmi which is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri celebrations. It is a festival that marks the killing of Ravana, his son Meghanatha and brother Kumbhakarna, by Rama. It is seen as the victory of good over evil.

The Ramayana

The epic Ramayana, describes the story of Rama. Rama was the exiled prince of the kingdom of Ayodhya. While in exile, he lived in the forest with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. One day Sita was abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Rama, assisted by an army of monkeys and Lakshmana, attacked Lanka to rescue her.

Rama, Sita & laxmana went to exile for 14 years

Ravana, comes in the guise of a sanyasi Bhikshu and forced Sita to cross laxman Rekha

Ravana abducted Sita

Ram meets Hanuman


Hanuman leaps to lanka in search of Sita

Hanuman meets Sita at Ashok Van

Havoc in Lanka by Hanuman

Rama killed Kumbhkarna

 

Rama killed Ravana

A fierce battle ensued between the two armies for many days. Rama found it very difficult to beat the mighty Ravana. So he prayed for nine days to nine different aspects of goddess Durga and accumulated enough strength to defeat Ravana. And thus today we celebrate Navratra for nine days to worship Goddess Durga.

Goddess Durga

Dussehra celebrates Rama’s victory over Ravana in a festival spread out over ten days. The story of Rama’s life is enacted in a folk art form called Ramlila. Every nook and corner has its own Ramlila, with millions of actors enacting it during Dussehra.

Dusshera celebration

The 10th day is one of fireworks. The final act of this drama is staged. Huge paper effigies stuffed with firecrackers, sometimes almost 100 feet high, of Ravana, his son and brother, are set ablaze. At the appointed hour, a person dressed as Rama, shoots flaming arrows at the effigies, which start to burn.

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