Its a season of festivities and holidays here in India on account of celebration of Dussehra.
It is the culmination of Navaratri, observed for nine days. The tenth day of the festival is known as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi.
According to legends, Based on Ramayana the demon-king Ravana, abducts Rama’s wife Sita and took her away to his kingdom. This became the reason behind the long search and the various events that followed, which led to the destruction of Ravana by the hands of Lord Rama. Dussehra is the day, when Rama killed Ravana and won back his wife. Hence, Dusshera is also called Vijayadashmi.
Dussehra celebrates the victory of good (Rama) over the evil (Ravana). This is the reason why effigies of Ravana, Meghnatha and Kumbhkarna are burnt on Dusshera, all over northern India.
Its a tradition to enact this historic event every year in the form of play called “Ramlila” over a period of 10 days. On the final day the protagonist Ram aims a blazing arrow towards Ravans effigy burning it down to ashes.
I came across this article in The times of India Urging people to raise their voices against issues related to sexual harassment, dowry murder, rape and violence against women, with the following lines in it.
“MANY DUSSEHRAS HAVE GONE
BUT RAVANA STILL LIVES ON”
RAISE YOUR VOICES AND BURN IT DOWN
Crime against women is one of the many Ravanas that exists in our society today. And we are trying our best to win this battle of good over evil.
So, who or what is the Ravana in your life or society? Do you believe in metaphorically burning these down and being done with it? Feel free to express your views in the comments below.