The country celebrates Dussehra; Celebrations spoiled in Chhattisgarh after SUV entered procession
The effigies of demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and his brother Kumbhakaran caught fire in Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil, unlike last year when the celebrations were moderate due to the increase in cases of coronavirus.
The four-day Durga Puja festivities also culminated on Friday, with an idol immersion in rivers and bodies of water.
However, the celebrations were toned down in Pathalgaon, Jashpur District, Chhattisgarh, after one person was killed and 16 others were injured when an SUV struck a procession for the immersion of idols of the goddess Durga.
In Dholpur, Rajasthan, five people drowned in the Parvati River while an idol was submerged.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted people on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra on Friday.
“Greetings everyone on the special occasion of Vijaya Dashami,” Modi tweeted.
Naidu said that this festival brings peace, harmony and prosperity to the country.
“My warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami. Dussehra is an opportunity to remind ourselves that we must constantly suppress the demonic forces within us and promote kindness and harmony, ” the vice president of the secretariat tweeted, quoting him.
With authorities keeping a hawk eye, the festivities were carried out in accordance with COVID-19 standards and, in several locations, effigies of Ravana were burned without firecrackers and events broadcast live on social media platforms.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, however, Ravana was worshiped in a temple as the country celebrated Lord Ram’s victory over the Demon King.
The event was hosted by the Lankesh Mitra Mandal at the temple on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Like a campaign against the burning of crop residues, the government should also launch a campaign against the burning of Ravana’s effigy, as it also pollutes the environment, said Mandal National President Omveer. Saraswat.
Burning of crop residues in some northern states causes high levels of air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region during the winter months.
The national capital celebrated Dussehra by burning effigies of Ravana in accordance with COVID-19 standards issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, while the idols of Goddess Durga were submerged in accordance with guidelines from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), which had not authorized immersion in any public water. body.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attended the Dussehra celebration at the iconic Lav Kush Ramlila in the Red Fort.
Even though the DDMA had relaxed the restriction on gatherings and large congregations for upcoming festival celebrations until November 15, it did not allow fairs and food stalls to be held during festivals in Delhi.
No standing or squatting is allowed during festive events in Delhi, and only sitting in chairs with social distancing is allowed.
Despite the strict guidelines, the crowds were out of control at the Karkardooma CBD grounds in east Delhi, according to Raj Kumar Bhati of the Balaji Ramlila committee.
In Punjab and Haryana as well as in their common capital Chandigarh, huge effigies of the demon king Ravana were burned.
In Chandigarh, crackers were not used in effigies and the sound effect of crackers was used digitally.
The festivities unfolded peacefully amid strict security arrangements in different parts of Punjab and Haryana, officials said.
In Odisha, a handful of Telugus from the state of Berhampur City, Ganjam District, have carried on the declining tradition of “Bommala Koluvu”.
Traditionally celebrated by the Kamma community among the Telugus, ‘Bommala Koluvu’ is an exhibition of dolls and decorative pieces from the first day of Navaratri in Dussehra, which fell on Friday of this year.
Previously, the tradition has seen massive Telugu participation in the southern city of Odisha, but it is gradually fading as many children from these families are out of state to study or work.
“We are exhibiting the dolls, mostly deities or traditional figurines, from various states and religions during the nine-day celebration,” said J Sailaja, 57.
It took about 2-3 days to arrange around 1,200 idols in a 12-by-15-foot room with lights while her husband helped set up their house.
” None of the items are plastic. Most of the dolls are made of wood, fabric, brass and silver. Several of them have been passed down from generation to generation, while we have bought a lot of them in different states and countries, ” said her husband, Dr J Narayan Rao.
He said his family had been celebrating the tradition in his home for three years after a hiatus of a few years.
In Mysuru Karnataka, the curtains fell on the 10-day Dasara or Dussehra festival with the spectacular “Jamboo Savari” elephant procession marking the grand finale.
However, the Mysuru Royal Palace will continue to shine at night for the next nine days with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai ordering to light up the palace for tourists.
Held under the shadow of COVID-19, there were numerous restrictions due to which the usual gathering of large numbers was missing as the administration restricted visitors and issued limited passes.
However, in keeping with centuries-old tradition, all rituals were performed in accordance with COVID-19 standards.
The day also saw protests in parts of the country.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha burned a multi-headed Ravana-like effigy of Prime Minister Modi with the faces of Interior Minister Amit Shah and others in Jaipur to protest the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, Kheri, India. Uttar Pradesh.
BJP Mahila Morcha staged a protest march in the capital of Rajasthan against Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra and burned his effigy on the occasion of Dussehra on Friday for his remark that schools with more staff female see more quarrels.
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