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City celebrates Dussehra with elan and fervour

Evil in any form does not last long. And with an aim to spread the message that good always triumphs, several social and religious fora of the city celebrated Dussehra with and fervour on Friday.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 03, 2014 21:51 IST
HT Correspondent

Evil in any form does not last long. And with an aim to spread the message that good always triumphs, several social and religious fora of the city celebrated Dussehra with and fervour on Friday.

Staging of 10-day Ramlila (enactments from the life of Lord Rama) across the city ended with the burning of cracker-stuffed effigies of Ravana, son Meghnad and brother Kumbhkaran.

While Dussehra festival marks the end of Navratri, it is also considered as herald of winter's onset and the end of sweltering summer.

The festival was celebrated by Ramlila committees of different sectors of the city. At Dussehra ground, Sector 27, Lord Rama's remote control put effigies of devils Ravana (60 feet), Kumbhkaran (55 feet) and Meghnad (50 feet) to fire.

After attending the Dussehra festivities at Sector 24, member of Parliament (MP) from Chandigarh, Kirron Kher set the Ravana effigy on fire at Ram Darbar.

Satya Pal Jain, former city MP, set afire the effigies at Sector 43. Adviser to the UT administrator, KK Sharma, was the
chief guest at the function held at Sector 17 Parade Ground.

Chandigarh municipal commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, chief guest at Sector-27 Dussehra ground, emphasised that victory of good over evil reaffirmed the faith in following a noble and virtuous path.

Shree Ramleela Committee, Sector 27, this year had invited 40 artistes from Mathura to stage Ramlila enactments. Artistes included 14 members from a single Chaturvedi Brahmin family.

Dussehra celebrations at Sector 27 began with procession of Lord Rama, Laxman and Vaanar Sena, along with numerous devotees, donning colourful attire. The procession started from the Sector 27 temple to culminate at the Dussehra ground after marching through the entire sector.

In SAS Nagar, the main function took place at Dussehra ground at Phase 8, where the Dussehra committee spent around `7 lakh for the celebrations.

Madhu Bhusan, president of Mohali Dussehra Committee, said this was the 37th Dussehra celebrated by the dussehra committee and every year the management and the employees of the Mahindra and Mahindra Tractors Company contributed from their pockets to the committee for the festival celebrations.

People in large numbers, especially children, reached the ground to witness the burning of the effigies of Ravan (80 feet), and Kumbkaran and Mehgnad (both around 75 feet).

"I bring my son with me to watch this festival every year. The aim is to inculcate in him the sense that good always prevails over evil, so that he does not take the path of evil," said Sukhdeep Singh, a resident of Phase 11, SAS Nagar.
Children, many of them were dressed as Lord Rama, were seen purchasing miniature toy swords, bows and arrows.

SAS Nagar deputy commissioner Tajinder Pal Singh Sidhu and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh were present on the occasion.

The police remained on their toes since early morning to ensure that everything passed off peacefully. Sources in the police said as Dussehra was celebrated at several locations in the city, cops were deployed at all venues to avoid any mishap.

In all, uniformed personnel besides those in civvies, from the CID, operations cell and home guard volunteers, were deployed at various venues, said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, the town saw commuters facing inconvenience as traffic snarls occurred at various roads.