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Dussehra 2019 Highlights: Seek inspiration from Krishna, Ram to understand collective spirit, says PM Modi

Dussehra 2019 (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami): "Through India’s festivals we celebrate the salient aspects of Indian culture. We get to know different types of art, music, song and dance," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ram Leela maidan (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Dussehra 2019 (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Dussehra celebrations at Ram Leela maidan in Dwarka, New Delhi. “Through India’s festivals we celebrate the salient aspects of Indian culture. We get to know different types of art, music, song and dance, he said.

The Prime Minister encouraged women empowerment and celebrating ‘Nari shakti’ on the occasion of Diwali. “Today is Vijaya Dashami. Today is also Air Force Day. India is phenomenally proud of our Air Force,” he also said in his address.

PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other political leaders greeted the nation on the occasion of Dussehra on Tuesday. The President said that the festival inspires us to live by honesty and truthfulness.

Delivering his annual Dussehra speech to a gathering of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadre in Nagpur, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat outlined some key challenges facing the country.

Giant effigies of ten-headed demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran went up in flames on Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil while at many places in the country people opted for eco-friendly ways to celebrate the festival.

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On Dussehra, people burn Ravana effigies but spare a thought for environment

Giant effigies of ten-headed demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran went up in flames on Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil while at many places in the country people opted for eco-friendly ways to celebrate the festival.

Crowds burst into cheers as the effigies, dotting grounds and open spaces, crackled in fiery splendour at sundown on Tuesday. However, the traditional pyrotechnics were missing at several events, including in the national capital, as only green crackers were used or altogether given a miss.

The four-day-long Durga Puja festivities also culminated on Tuesday, with revellers queuing up near river banks and lakes for idol immersion as they bid adieu to the goddess.

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh take part in Dussehra celebrations

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh take part in Dusshera celebrations in Delhi. Event is organized by Nav Shri Dharmik Lila Committee

India's 'tallest' Ravana effigy in Chandigarh

Ravana measuring 221 feet,set ablaze in Chandigarh. According to the organizers, it is India's tallest Ravana effigy.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal attends Dussehra celebrations

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attended Dussehra celebrations in Delhi

Manmohan Singh, Venkaiah Naidu attend Dussehra celebrations

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and former PM Dr.Manmohan Singh take part in Dusshera celebrations in Delhi. 

Watch: PM Modi shoots from a bow at Dussehra celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shoots from a bow at Dussehra celebrations in Dwarka,Delhi.

This Diwali, celebrate Nari shakti: PM Modi

"During Mann Ki Baat, I had spoken about  Ghar Ki Laxmi. This Diwali, let us celebrate the accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. This can be our Lakshmi Pujan," said PM Modi 

Take Navratra spirit to empower women: PM Modi

"India is a land of Shakti Sadhna. In the last nine days we worshipped Maa. Taking that spirit ahead, let us always work towards furthering empowerment as well as dignity of women," said PM Modi 

Watch: PM celebrates Dussehra at Ram Leela maidan

PM Modi arrives at Ram Leela maidan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived for a Dussehra function at Ram Leela grounds in Dwarka sector-10

Congress President Sonia Gandhi extends greetings on Vijayadashami

Congress President, Smt Sonia Gandhi extended her greetings on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. "Followed by days of fasting and worship, the festivities of Dussehra signify the victory of truth over untruth, virtue over vice and good over evil and provides us with the message of goodness, modesty, moderation and the holy and unassailable position of women," Smt Gandhi said. Vijayadashmi also underlines that arrogance and injustice, even of the most powerful is ultimately defeated. She expressed hope that this Vijayadashmi will bless all with peace, prosperity and righteousness.

Karnataka: Ancient form of martial art organised at Mysore Palace

An ancient form of martial art, 'Vajramusti Kalaga' was organised at Mysore Palace as part of Dasara celebrations in the state today.

Rahul Gandhi conveys his greetings on Dussehra

Rahul Gandhi conveyed his greetings on Dussehra, adding that the triumph of good over evil is the universal truth. 

Vijayadashami celebrations in Kolkata

Below are pictures from the Vijayadashami celebrations at a Bonedi Bari in north Kolkata. 

Vijayadashami celebrations in north Kolkata. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)
Vijayadashami rituals in Kolkata. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa offers prayers in Mysuru on Vijayadashami

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa met Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji on Dussehra and offered prayers at 'Suturu Mutt' in Mysuru.

Ahmedabad: People perform 'shastra puja' on Dussehra

People performed 'shastra puja' of weapons on Dussehra at Home Guards Bhawan, Lal Darwaza in Ahmedabad. 

Ahmedabad: People perform 'shastra puja' on Dussehra. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)
'Shastra Puja' being performed in Ahmedabad on Dussehra. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

Vijayadashami celebrations in Kerala: Parents and children gather for 'Vidyarambham' ceremony

In Kerala, parents gathered along with their children at Thunchan Smarakam Attukal in Thiruvananthapuram for 'Vidyarambham' ceremony. 'Vidyarambham'  is a tradition that is observed on Vijayadashami, where children are introduced to reading and writing. 

In Kerala, parents gathered along with their children at Thunchan Smarakam Attukal in Thiruvananthapuram for 'Vidyarambham' ceremony. (Source: ANI)
'Vidyarambham'  is a tradition that is observed on Vijayadashami, where children are introduced to reading and writing. (Source: ANI)

Vijayadashami celebrations in West Bengal

Women participated in 'sindur khela' on Vijayadashami at a puja pandal in Siliguri in West Bengal. 

Vijayadashami celebrations at a puja pandal in Siliguri in West Bengal. (Source: ANI)
Vijayadashami celebrations in West Bengal. (Source: ANI)

India's borders safer than ever: RSS chief

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that India's borders safer than ever and more focus is needed on the coastal security. "Guards, check-posts on land borders and surveillance along maritime border, especially islands, have to be increased," he added. 

Branding some incidents of social violence as lynching meant to defame our country: Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that branding some incidents of social violence as lynching are meant to defame our country, Hindu society and create fear among some communities. He added that lynching itself is a western construct, one shouldn't use it in the Indian context to defame the country. 

Slowing down of the economy has left its impacts everywhere, says Mohan Bhagwat

Mohan Bhagwat, while addressing swayamsevaks at Nagpur, said the slowing down of the economy has left its impacts everywhere. The government has taken initiatives to tide over the situation in the past 1.5 months. "Our society is entrepreneurial and will overcome these challenges. MSMEs must be supported," he said.

Mamata Banerjee wishes Dussehra

Mamata Banerjee wished Dussehra and Bijoya Dashami to all Indians, in India and across the world.

Constant struggle to defeat the 'evil within and outside': Shiv Nadar

HCL founder-chairman addressed the Vijayadashami function of the RSS at Reshimbagh ground in Nagpur in Maharashtra and said that Dussehra, which symbolises the victory of good over evil, adding that it is a constant struggle to defeat the evil within and outside. He further said that the government alone cannot take the country to the next level and asked for all stakeholders to pitch-in for solving the problems and challenges being faced by the country.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses Swayamsevaks in Nagpur

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Swayamsevaks at the annual Vijayadashami event in Nagpur on Tuesday. He said that the government's move to scrap Article 370 has proven that realising the public expectations, respecting the public sentiments and the courage to fulfill their wishes in the interest of the country is in the chosen regime again.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat performs 'shastra puja' at Dussehra event in Nagpur

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat performed 'shastra puja' at the annual Vijayadashami event in Nagpur on Tuesday. The RSS chief is likely to address the Swayamsevaks at the Reshimbagh ground in the city and give a message to the organisation cadre. RSS was founded on Vijayadashami in 1925. HCL founder Shiv Nadar is the chief guest for the event. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, General VK Singh and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis were also present. 

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the annual Vijayadashami event in Nagpur. (Source: ANI)

The RSS chief is likely to address the Swayamsevaks at the Reshimbagh ground in the city and give a message to the organisation cadre. (Source: ANI)
RSS was founded on this day in 1925. (Source: ANI)

President Kovind conveys his greetings on Dussehra

President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday conveyed his greetings on Dussehra and said that the festival is a celebration of good over evil and it inspires us to live by honesty and truthfulness. 

PM Modi conveys his greetings on Vijayadashami

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings for Vijayadashami on Tuesday morning. 

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<strong>Dussehra 2019 (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami) Live Updates: </strong>In Delhi, the biggest Ram Lila and Dussehra celebrations are organised at the Ramlila Maidan. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

Dussehra 2019 (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami) Live Updates:

Huge colourful effigies of Ravana, along with those of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbhkaran, are burnt in large, open grounds on Dussehra. This is done to celebrate Lord Ram's victory over Ravana, who abducted his wife Sita. In Delhi, the biggest Ram Lila and Dussehra celebrations are organised at the Ramlila Maidan. PM Modi might attent the Dussehra celebrations at DDA Ground in Dwarka.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will give a speech at the annual Vijayadashami function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which turns 94 this year, in Nagpur today. RSS' Dussehra events hold significance as political observers watch the speeches delivered during the gatherings.

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