NEW DELHI: Dussehra celebrations in the Capital ended on Sunday with the burning of effigies of Ravana and his kin. Giant effigies of the demon king along with his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhkaran -festooned with colourful clothes and shining armours -went up in flames as Delhiites celebrated Dussehra in all its colour, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.
Dignitaries including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, AICC Genreal Secretary Rahul Gandhi and DPCC President Jai Prakash Agarwal attended Ramlilas at Ramlila Ground. The celebration witnessed massive turnouts. In most of the functions, the symbolic first arrow was shot by a dignitary.
As the effigies were set ablaze amid chants in praise of Lord Ram, people witnessed spectacular fireworks which illuminated the sky. People turned out in large numbers to watch the celebrations. “We have been coming here to watch the effigy burning for several years. This time, the preparations were grand; the effigies were bigger and huge crowds had gathered. Children enjoyed the ferry swing and the food items on offer in the mela. It’s a rare spectacle,” said Ramakant Pujari, who lives in Old Delhi. Dressed in their festive best, people attended Ramlilas across the city where artistes enacted the final battle episode of Ramayana where Lord Ram kills Ravana and brings back Sita to Ayodhya.