New Delhi: On the occasion of Dussehra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set the effigy of Ravana ablaze at Ram Leela ground in Delhi’s Dwarka. On the occasion, the PM also addressed the gathering and urged people to work towards the contribution of nation and society.
Upon his arrival at the festival venue, PM Modi was received by Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari and West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh. He was presented a copy of holy book Ramcharitmanas and a set of bow and arrow by the presenters.
As per sources, PM Modi traveled in the Delhi Metro from Dwarka Sector-1 Metro Station to reach the venue in Ram Leela ground for Ravan Dahan.
On the occasion of Dussehra, the effigy of demon king Ravana is burnt to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Sri Ramleela Society has been regularly organising Dussehra in Dwarka.
Earlier today, PM Modi extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Dussehra through a video message on Twitter. The video shows a dramatic depiction of tales from the Ramayan, he speaks about the tradition of Vijaya Dashami, when an effigy of Ravan is set on fire.
He also appealed to the nation to take inspiration from Lord Ram and continue to fight the evil forces not just on the outside but also within.
Usually, the prime minister and other key leaders attend Dussehra celebrations which take place at Delhi’s Red Fort every year. However, this year PM Modi will attend celebrations in Dwarka. Previously, PM Modi attended Dussehra celebrations in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his Dussehra greetings to citizens saying the festival is a celebration of truth’s triumph over untruth
The festival of Dussehra marks the end of nine-day-long Navaratri celebration. As per Hindu mythology, this is the day when Lord Ram killed demon King Ravana after a long battle.