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.
PM Modi set the effigies ablaze at Ramlila Maidan on the occasion of Dussehra today.
Visuals from Ramlila Maidan
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.
PM Modi reaches Ramlila Maidan
PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind reach Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi for Dussehra celebrations.
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.
हम सभी का ये प्रयास रहता है कि हर पर्व को अपनों के साथ मनाएं। मेरी भी ये कोशिश रहती है कि हर त्योहार देशवासियों के साथ मनाऊं और इसी भावना के साथ आज आप सभी के बीच उपस्थित हुआ हूं: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 19, 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.
PM Modi stresses on 'sabka saath, sabka vikas'
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.
BJP govt built 1.25 crore houses in last four years: PM Modi
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.
A permanent house makes life easy & provides enthusiasm to fight against poverty. Keeping this in mind, the govt 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 Narendra Modi in Shirdi, Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/ot4IgZbUgf— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
PM Modi offers prayers in Shirdi
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.
Greetings to everyone on Vijayadashami, tweets Rajnath Singh
Greetings to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashmi and Durga Puja. विजयदशमी एवं दुर्गा पूजा के पावन अवसर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ।— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) October 19, 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.
Heartiest greetings on Dashain, tweets Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Heartiest greetings to all my brothers and sisters on Dashain."
Heartiest greetings to all my brothers and sisters on Dashain— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 19, 2018
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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.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath offers prayers in Gorakhnath temple
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.
May the message of victory of good over evil bring peace: Randeep Surjewala
विजयदशमी के पावन अवसर पर सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनायें।— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 19, 2018
देश के विभिन्न भागों में अलग अलग प्रकार से मनाया जाने वाला दशहरा भारत की विविधता में एकता का प्रतीक है।
आशा है कि बुराई पर अच्छाई की विजय के शाश्वत संदेश का पर्व हम सबके जीवन में प्रेम,शांति, व भाईचारा लाएगा। #HappyDussehra pic.twitter.com/oGli7CzAlW
PM Modi greets everyone on Vijayadashami
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.