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Dussehra 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi sets effiiges ablaze, celebrations underway

Dussehra 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the stage with President Ram Nath Kovind at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2018 10:51:29 pm
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases the arrow with a bow to symbolically set on fire the effigy of evil king Ravana during Dussehra celebrations of Luv Kush Ramleela Committee at Red Fort ground in New Delhi, Friday, Oct 19, 2018. President Ram Nath Kovind is also seen. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

On the occasion of Vijayadashami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the effiiges of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran ablaze at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Friday. The burning of the giant effigies since 1924 at one of the city’s most high-profile Ramleela events at the grounds opposite the historic Red Fort signifies the triumph of good over evil. PM Modi shared the stage with President Ram Nath Kovind and other leaders.

Vijayadashami or Dussehra (Dasara) is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri festival. In the northern and southern states, it is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana. While in eastern and northeastern states of India, it commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the demon king, and also marks the end of Durga Puja celebrations. Many people conclude the celebrations by taking part in processions to a river or seaside to participate in idol immersion. They chant slogans and bid an emotional farewell to the goddess and seek her blessings.

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PM Modi set the effigies ablaze at Ramlila Maidan on the occasion of Dussehra today.


    19:34 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    19:29 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Visuals from Ramlila Maidan

    Prime minister Narendra Modi stretches a bow during a function celebrating the last day of Dusshera festival in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)
    18:38 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    President Kovind addresses the nation

    'I want to congratulate the people of the country on the occasion of Vijaydashmi. The occasion marks the victory of good over evil. The festival encourages good practices in their lives,' Kovind said at the event, PTI reported.

    'One should take care that during celebrations we should be careful that it does not cause inconvenience to others and cause pollution,' he added.

    18:07 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Visuals from Ramlila Maidan
    17:54 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi at Ramlila Maidan
    17:42 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi reaches Ramlila Maidan

    PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind reach Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi for Dussehra celebrations.

    13:37 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Always try to celebrate festivals with citizens of country: PM Modi

    "We always try to ensure that every festival is celebrated together. I try to ensure that I celebrate all the festivals with the citizens of the country. This is why I am present with you here today," PM Modi said.

    13:31 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Pending projects nearing completion: PM Modi

    "The government is working to complete projects that have been stuck for years under the prime minister's agricultural irrigation scheme. There are many large-scale schemes underway in Maharashtra," PM Modi said.

    13:19 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi stresses on 'sabka saath, sabka vikas'

    "This Vijayadashami, let us pledge to ensure 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' and 'ek Bharat, shreshth Bharat'," PM Modi said.

    13:12 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi hands over keys of houses to PMAY beneficiaries in Maharashtra

    PM Modi handed over the keys of houses to over 40,000 beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Besides this, he is participating in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.

    13:01 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi greets Maharashtra on the occasion of Vijayadashami
    12:54 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    BJP govt built 1.25 crore houses in last four years: PM Modi
    12:54 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Permanent house to each family by 2022: PM Modi

    "A permanent house makes life easy and provides enthusiasm to fight against poverty. Keeping this in mind, the government has set the goal of providing a permanent house to every family by 2022. I am happy that we have completed half the journey," PM Modi said.

    12:22 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM addresses the centenary year celebrations of Sai Baba Samadhi
    11:22 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi offers prayers in Shirdi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently at Sai Temple in Shirdi (Maharashtra), offered prayers at Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Temple.

    10:53 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Rajnath celebrates Vijayadashami with BSF officials
    10:36 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Tejashwi Yadav is ‘Ram’, CM Nitish Kumar is ‘Ravana’ in RJD poster

    A poster outside the office of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) shows Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “Ravana” and leader of Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav as “Ram”. The poster was pasted by RJD spokesperson Anand Yadav ahead of Tejashwi’s fresh leg of his yatra to take on the NDA government in the state. The Nitish Kumar government has failed to maintain law and order and therefore, he has been portrayed as “Ravana and there is “nothing personal against him”, RJD said. Janata Dal (United) (JD-U), on the other hand, said such a portrayal of the CM only reflected the RJD’s “poor thought process and low-grade politics”. The poster, prominently displayed outside the RJD office at Bir Chand Patel Path shows Tejashwi with a message that “each time Ravana had done excess, a Ram is born”. In the background, Nitish has been portrayed as Dashanan (one with 10 head). Some RJD workers described the poster as “suiting the occasion of Dussehra, which is about the victory of truth over evil”. Read full story here

    10:33 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Greetings to everyone on Vijayadashami, tweets Rajnath Singh
    10:23 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Rajnath to celebrate Dussehra with BSF jawans at Indo-Pak border

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is slated to celebrate Dussehra with BSF jawans at the Indo-Pak border, the spokesperson of the border guarding force has said on Thursday. Earlier during the day, he will participate in the 'Shastra Puja' (worshipping of weapons) function of the paramilitary force, the spokesperson said.

    10:16 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Heartiest greetings on Dashain, tweets Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Heartiest greetings to all my brothers and sisters on Dashain."

    10:08 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Shubho Bijoya: TMC

    Trinamool Congress also wished everyone on the occasion of Vijayadashami. "Shubho Bijoya," the party posted on Twitter.

    10:03 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Will visit Ayodhya on November 25, ask PM why Ram temple not built yet: Uddhav

    While addressing the party’s annual Dussehra gathering in Shivaji Park, central Mumbai, on Thursday, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray declared his intention to visit Ayodhya next month and belittled the BJP for not building a Ram temple there, despite its promise to do so. “I will go to Ayodhya on November 25 and ask questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. You keep touring the world but you haven’t visited Ayodhya once in the past four years. If you are not going to build a Ram temple there, then concede that it was only election jumla. We will then build it along with the Hindus,” Uddhav said while addressing the party’s annual Dussehra gathering in Shivaji Park, central Mumbai, on Thursday. “If you are not able to build a Ram temple, then there is a problem with the DNA of the NDA,” he said. Read full story here

    09:54 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    UP CM Yogi Adityanath offers prayers in Gorakhnath temple

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers in Gorakhnath temple today.

    09:44 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Vijayadashami address in Nagpur: In poll year, RSS chief asks govt to bring in law for Ram temple

    On Thursday, during his Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat urged the government to bring in a law for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site, and urged the Supreme Court, where hearing on the title suits are to resume later this month, to expedite its decision. Bhagwat said: “The place of Janmabhoomi is yet to be allocated for the construction of the temple although all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place. There is an obvious gameplan of a few elements to stall the judgment by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process. It is in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.” Read full story here

    09:32 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    May the message of victory of good over evil bring peace: Randeep Surjewala
    09:20 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Amit Shah wishes everyone on Vijayadashami
    09:15 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    May Dussehra festivities bring happiness everywhere: Arun Jaitley
    09:13 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Rahul Gandhi passes on his wishes on the occasion of Dussehra
    09:03 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi greets everyone on Vijayadashami

    Taking to Twitter, PM Modi passed on his wishes on the occasion of Vijayadashami. "Vijayadashami greetings to everyone," he said.

    08:49 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    Delhi Police prepares plan to tackle traffic

    To ease vehicle movement, the Delhi Traffic Police lists out the areas where Dussehra celebrations will take place.

    08:44 (IST)19 Oct 2018
    PM Modi to attend Dussehra event at Ramlila Maidan

    On the occasion of Vijayadashami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering and set the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran ablaze at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital this evening. PM Modi will share the stage with President Ram Nath Kovind and other leaders. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.

    India celebrates the victory of good over evil on Dussehra. (PTI file photo) India celebrates the victory of good over evil on Dussehra. (PTI file photo)

    Dussehra in a way also marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which falls twenty days after the festival. As part of Dussehra celebrations, huge and colourful effigies of Ravana, most times along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran, are burnt in large huge open grounds. This is done to celebrate Lord Ram’s victory over the Ravana, who abducted his wife Sita.

    Both the festivals – Dashami and Dusshera, even if they follow different rituals, ultimately convey the same message – the victory of good over evil. Celebrations also include organising the famed and popular Ramlila performances which involve people enacting the life and glory of the righteous Lord Ram through short plays, songs, and dance drama. In cities like Varanasi however, the entire life of Ram is acted out by artists every evening for an entire month. The famous Ramlila of Ramnagar is organised, which spans over 31 days, and is recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of India by UNESCO.

    Dussehra is celebrated with much fervour and excitement in the northern states of Varanasi, Ayodhya, Vrindavan, Madhubani, Almora and other cities of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Uttarakhand.

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