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Effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana were burnt on Sunday to mark the Hindu festival in India.
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The good has just won over evil in India.

Hindus across the country on Sunday celebrated Dussehra by burning effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana in a symbolic gesture of vanquishing the bad.

Thousands attended the festivities that took place at Red Fort Ground in the capital New Delhi and elsewhere.

According to Hindu mythology, the demon king Ravana was defeated by Hindu god Rama on this day.

The victory is re-enacted in open spaces across the country by burning the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna. The effigies are stuffed with firecrackers and when they are set alight, it makes for a very noisy spectacle.

This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country.

Last year, the fourth effigy symbolised corruption.

Follow Showkat Shafi on Twitter: @ShowkatShafi

This feature is a part of our ongoing special India coverage. To read more stories click here.


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An effigy of demon king Ravana is set ablaze during Dussehra festival celebrations in Jammu. Dussehra, which is celebrated at the end of the Navratri (nine nights) festival, symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
An artisan gives final touches to the effigy of Ravana.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
It is painstaking work and artisans spend days in preparing for the celebrations.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera

When Dussehra finally arrives, the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are burned. This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country.

/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during Dussehra celebrations.
/EPA/JAIPAL SINGH
Indian devotees dressed as Hindu monkey god Hanuman celebrate as Ravana goes up in flames.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
It is an annual spectacle that draws huge crowds.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
The day is also marked by enacting scenes from mythological tales with people dressing up as gods and goddesses.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera

Mythological plays are staged on the occasion. Ram Leela is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Rama that is staged over a period of 10 days across various parts of India.

/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
Theatre artists perform Ram Leela at Red Fort Ground, New Delhi.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera

More than a hundred thousand people turned up at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi to watch the festivities.

/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
The night sky lit up as Ravana went up in flames with fire crackers going off.
/NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

Devotees dressed as Hindu god Rama add colour and piety to the occasion.

/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Demon King Ravana finds himself at the receiving end on the day. Here, a man dressed as the king covers his ears as effigies are burned.
/Showkat Shafi/ Al Jazeera
Next year, the same routine would be followed and effigies of Ravana would again be built, only to be burned down again.
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An effigy of demon king Ravana is set ablaze during Dussehra festival celebrations in Jammu. Dussehra, which is celebrated at the end of the Navratri (nine nights) festival, symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

;*;An artisan gives final touches to the effigy of Ravana.;*;It is painstaking work and artisans spend days in preparing for the celebrations.;*;

When Dussehra finally arrives, the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are burned. This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country.

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Mythological plays are staged on the occasion. Ram Leela is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Rama that is staged over a period of 10 days across various parts of India.

;*;Theatre artists perform Ram Leela at Red Fort Ground, New Delhi.;*;

More than a hundred thousand people turned up at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi to watch the festivities.

;*;The night sky lit up as Ravana went up in flames with fire crackers going off. ;*;

Devotees dressed as Hindu god Rama add colour and piety to the occasion.

;*;Demon King Ravana finds himself at the receiving end on the day. Here, a man dressed as the king covers his ears as effigies are burned.;*;Next year, the same routine would be followed and effigies of Ravana would again be built, only to be burned down again. Daylife ID:
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In Pictures: Good wins over evil on Dussehra The good has just won over evil in India. Hindus across the country on Sunday celebrated Dussehra by burning effigies of the mythical demon king Ravana in a symbolic gesture of vanquishing the bad. More than one hundred thousand people attended the festivities that took place at Red Fort Ground in the capital New Delhi. According to Hindu mythology, the demon king Ravana was defeated by Hindu God Rama on this day. The victory is re-enacted in open spaces across the country by burning the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna. The effigies are stuffed with firecrackers and when they are set alight, it makes for a very noisy spectacle. This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country. Last year, the fourth effigy symbolised corruption.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_Indiaen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:14 GMTDussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/4121a29ffb17e5b493bfd6ec3391295f

An effigy of demon king Ravana is set ablaze during Dussehra festival celebrations in the Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Dussehra which is celebrated at the end of the Navratri (nine nights) festival symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

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An effigy of demon king Ravana is set ablaze during Dussehra festival celebrations in the Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Dussehra which is celebrated at the end of the Navratri (nine nights) festival symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

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An artisan gives final touches to the effigy of Ravana.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/3be79d427ffefcfa8e53997f07a4a45dShowkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

An artisan gives final touches to the effigy of Ravana.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/c6d8fa33aa3bbbe633c1eaed6c7f57e0

It is painstaking work and artisans spend days in preparing for the celebrations.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/c6d8fa33aa3bbbe633c1eaed6c7f57e0Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

It is painstaking work and artisans spend days in preparing for the celebrations.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/0315f8015e66591297d2445bccece92a

When Dussehra finally arrives, the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are burned. The effigies are stuffed with fire crackers, and when they are set alight, they explode in splendour. This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/0315f8015e66591297d2445bccece92aShowkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

When Dussehra finally arrives, the effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are burned. The effigies are stuffed with fire crackers, and when they are set alight, they explode in splendour. This year, a fourth effigy was added in New Delhi: to destroy evil forces behind a recent spurt in crimes against women in the country.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/83f47bb26779e14b92ed5bac7e8f0199

The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during Dussehra celebrations.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/83f47bb26779e14b92ed5bac7e8f0199Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

The effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during Dussehra celebrations.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/9ea75da371e72b90994e0f9c97ea0201

Indian devotees dressed as Hindu monkey god Hanuman celebrate as Ravana goes up in flames.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/9ea75da371e72b90994e0f9c97ea0201EPA/JAIPAL SINGHDussehra festivities in India

Indian devotees dressed as Hindu monkey god Hanuman celebrate as Ravana goes up in flames.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/a8c8bfc9888e73e8e736c3ae61972168

It is an annual spectacle that draws huge crowds.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/a8c8bfc9888e73e8e736c3ae61972168Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

It is an annual spectacle that draws huge crowds.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/5c0804a20aef547a66acd1b49a83dc35

The day is also marked by enacting scenes from mythological tales with people dressing up as gods and goddesses.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/5c0804a20aef547a66acd1b49a83dc35Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

The day is also marked by enacting scenes from mythological tales with people dressing up as gods and goddesses.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/46c86e1ab2d6f7380fc1ef9aecc44909

Mythological plays are staged on the occasion. Ram Leela is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Hindu God Rama that is staged over a period of 10 days across various parts of India.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/46c86e1ab2d6f7380fc1ef9aecc44909Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

Mythological plays are staged on the occasion. Ram Leela is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Hindu God Rama that is staged over a period of 10 days across various parts of India.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/7319de0e8a94bf5811a8a1d60fb73365

Theatre artists perform Ram Leela at Red Fort Ground, New Delhi.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/7319de0e8a94bf5811a8a1d60fb73365Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

Theatre artists perform Ram Leela at Red Fort Ground, New Delhi.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/fe0d4bb6e295b6d2acbbda8052433aa4

More than a hundred thousand people turned up at the Red Fort grounds in New Delhi to watch the festivities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/fe0d4bb6e295b6d2acbbda8052433aa4Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

More than a hundred thousand people turned up at the Red Fort grounds in New Delhi to watch the festivities.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/3cb5695ad8fcecaa18a49dafaa638eb2

The night sky lit up as Ravana went up in flames with fire crackers going off.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/3cb5695ad8fcecaa18a49dafaa638eb2Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

The night sky lit up as Ravana went up in flames with fire crackers going off.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/d7e1de49a5d37dd6f8b3ca90d18d505c

Devotees dressed as God Rama add colour and piety to the occasion.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/d7e1de49a5d37dd6f8b3ca90d18d505cNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty ImagesDussehra festivities in India

Devotees dressed as God Rama add colour and piety to the occasion.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/64aa6c690c3e85afda000e9227aff2f1

Demon King Ravana finds himself at the receiving end on the day. Here, a man dressed as the king covers his ears as effigies are burned.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/64aa6c690c3e85afda000e9227aff2f1AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesDussehra festivities in India

Demon King Ravana finds himself at the receiving end on the day. Here, a man dressed as the king covers his ears as effigies are burned.

Dussehra festivities in Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/74dd190bc8cc345cd26f822b0a00e203

Next year, the same routine would be followed and effigies of Ravana would again be built, only to be burned down again.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Dussehra_Vijaydashmi_India/slideshow/dussehra-festivities-in-india/74dd190bc8cc345cd26f822b0a00e203Showkat Shafi/ Al JazeeraDussehra festivities in India

Next year, the same routine would be followed and effigies of Ravana would again be built, only to be burned down again.



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