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Dussehra celebrated with gusto in Bhopal, Indore

Dussehra, a festival symbolising victory of good over evil, was celebrated with great fervour in Bhopal and Indore on Thursday.

bhopal Updated: Oct 22, 2015 22:46 IST
HT Correspondent
Members of Indore’s erstwhile princely Holkar family participate in family’s Dussehra procession in Indore on Thursday.
Members of Indore’s erstwhile princely Holkar family participate in family’s Dussehra procession in Indore on Thursday.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Dussehra, a festival symbolising victory of good over evil, was celebrated with great fervour in Bhopal and Indore on Thursday. Huge effigies of demon king Ravana were burnt at various places to mark the occasion.

In Bhopal, the tallest effigy of Ravana was burnt at Kolar Dussehra Ground. TT Nagar, Bittan Market, Shahpura, Kolar Road, MVM Ground, Ashoka Garden, Jamboori Ground, Bairagarh and Govindpura were among other popular venues of Dussehra celebration across the city.

Also, religious processions were organised at various places. A procession at Chola Dussehra Ground commenced from Banke Bihari Temple, while another began at Meera Temple and went to Bittan Market Dussehra Ground.

Traffic at many places in the city remained affected for hours in the evening due to the processions.

The fireworks display at various places were the main attractions for the people. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, home minister Babulal Gaur and many other dignitaries participated in the Dussehra celebrations at different locations.

As the 10-day Navratri festival concluded on Thursday, immersion ceremony of Durga idols was also carried out by various groups.

Indore residents wake up to scent of marigold flowers

In Indore, residents woke up to the scent of fresh marigold flowers along road sides across the city. Households in the city decked up their houses with the flowers, which were sold for over Rs 90 per kilogram.

By afternoon, Ravan effigies were raised in different parts of the city, to be torched in the evening.

Senior police department officials performed ‘shastra pujan’ to mark the occasion of Vijaya Dashami and members of Rajput community performed puja of their licensed weapons.

Festivities peaked by evening as residents assembled in their localities to watch Ravan effigies, whose height varied from 10 feet to 120 feet, go up in flames. In most places, the cracker-stuffed effigies were blown up through remote controls.

Holkars take out Dussehra procession

Members of Indore’s erstwhile princely Holkar family and their former jagirdars on Thursday evening walked in full regalia at the Rajwada Chowk as a part of the Dussehra procession.

Fifth generation Holkar descendant Udai Singh Holkar led the palanquin procession, which had a framed photograph of Malhari Martand, the Holkars’ clan deity, which is merged form of Lord Shiva and the sun god.

Carrying gold and silver hilted swords belonging to the era of Malhar Rao and Yashwant Rao Holkar I, the Holkars walked behind the palanquin as a traditional Holkar music band played in front.

The procession, which started at about 4.50 pm from Holkar Bada in Ada Bazaar, halted for Tali Bhandar puja at Malhari Martand temple.

After the puja, the procession reached the Dussehra Maidan before winding its way through Sarafa and other old parts of city.

After reaching the Dussehra Maidan, the Holkars performed a puja of the Shami tree, followed by an exchange of Vijaya Dashami greetings with betel leaf, betel nut and `itra’(Indian perfume).

The procession then returned to Holkar Bada where aarti of the deities disembarked from the palanquin was performed.