Prime Minister Narendra Modi proved yet again that he has an impeccable sense of humour. At the Red Fort Ground or Lal Quila Maidan in New Delhi last evening, Prime Minister was supposed to take aim with a bow and arrow and light the ceremonial fire to the Ravana’s effigy on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. It was supposed to be a symbolic gesture that marks the festivities of Dussehra. He was presented with a makeshift bow and two arrows but while he was sincerely taking aim the bowstring gave way and the bow broke, just like Lord Rama did when he broke Lord Shiva’s bow when he had gone to claim Sita’s hand in marriage at her swayamvara. The moment was a funny one as Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke into a sheepish smile and tried again after the string broke, but this time the bow gave way. So undeterred, he threw the arrow like a javelin with a big smile on his face to kill Ravana.Also Read - 'Golden Boy' Neeraj Chopra to Launch PM's Mission
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the stage with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation said that festivals are not mere occasions to make merry but also a medium to educate the society. He said that these festivals help us remember our values and teach us to live together as one group in the community. He asked everyone to take ‘sankalp’ of positive contribution to the nation by 2022, the year when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the makeshift bow while trying to shoot an arrow at Ravana but finally managed to throw the arrow as a javelin to start the symbolic Dussehra celebrations at the Lal Quila Maidan. Also Read - Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor: You Will Soon Reach Delhi From Dehradun in Just 2.5 Hours | All You Need to Know
Watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaking the bow
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President Ram Nath Kovind spoke after the Prime Minister’s address and also stressed the fact that Lord Rama’s values and principles are still very relevant today. Dussehra also known as Vijayadashmi is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashwin month following the previous nine-days of Navratri. It celebrates Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and signifies the triumph of good over evil.