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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dussehera

Dussehra or Vijaydashmi( दशहरा / विजयदशमी ) is celebrated on tenth day of the month of Ashvin of Hindu calendar which falls in October / November every year. The day marks victory of Lord Ram over Ravan who had abducted Sita wife of Lord Ram. On this day or rather evening effigies of Ravan, Kumbhkarn and Meghnath are burnt as victory celebrations. With some variations Dussehra is celebrated all over India & Nepal.

In Delhi these effigies are built mainly in Tatarpur area near Rajouri Garden. The size of effigies may range from 5 feet to 100 feet or even more. These effigies are packed with crackers & sparklers so as to give a magnificent display while burning. Cost of an effigy may range from ₹ 5k to 100k or even more depending on size & number of crackers / sparklers placed inside.
Some photos:

Getting ready for Dussehera 

Work in progress 

Semi finished tops to which arms are to be attached

Strong & proportionate legs are required to take load of whole effigy 

Standing skirt & lying top 

Head is getting ready 

There is his face with powerful moustache

Teeth getting final touch

Meantime in an residential area artisans from Teergaran, Meerut have brought three effigies of 15', 13' & 11' for installation
Ravana going up

Largest of the three being installed 

Darkness descends 

Grand finale



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