Dussehra celebrated with religious fervour in Bhaderwah

Dussehra festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in Bhaderwah with hundreds of people watching the burning of effigies of Ravana, and his brothers Kumbhkarna and Meghnath to mark the culmination of good triumphing over evil, here today in the premises of historical Seri Bazaar, Bhaderwah.
The function was organised by Shri Sanatam Dharam Sabha. Fire laden arrows were fired in a traditional manner by the youth who acted Lord Rama in Ram Leela on the three evils, sending their effigies, specially erected by the artists from Uttar Pradesh over a period of one month, in flames with the bursting of crackers. Many could be seen sitting on top of the vehicles parked near the venue to get a better glimpse of the celebrations. Extraordinary fireworks were displayed this time at the function. Shouts of cheer from children rent the ground. They had accompanied their parents in large number to witness the show. Speaking, MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta highlighted the significance of the day as the triumph of good over evil. “Time tested principles were the very spirit of great Indian civilization which has survived many ups and downs over thousands years of existence, he said.
“Instead of torching the effigies of Ravan and other demons we should contain evil spirits among ourselves to make this world a better place to live where only peace, brotherhood, co-existence and spirit of live and let live prevails” he added. “The burning of the effigies of the demons clearly signifies that evil has to die. The victory of Lord Rama over the demon king signifies that evil has to end,” said Masth Nath Yogi President JDS . “I brought my son with me so that he could understand the importance of goodness in life”, said advocate Sanjay Saraf, who brought her seven year-old son. Today’s celebrations took place amid unprecedented security arrangements.” We maintained a tight vigil and it was because of the unprecedented security arrangements that no untoward incident took place during the Dussehra celebration”, said a top police officer. As per the Hindu calendar, Vijaya Dashami marks the victory celebrations of the battle when Goddess Durga kills the demon Mahishasur. It is celebrated in northern India as Dussehra, marking the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana.

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