Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday shared stage with his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi where they joined thousands of people to celebrate Dussehra.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari led the celebrations at Subhash Maidan in north Delhi.
Addressing the gathering in Hindi, President Mukherjee said the day symbolises victory of good over evil.
"It inspires us to face difficulties... come, let us work together for development," he said in his brief address.
Before 'Ravan Dahan' when Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhakaranan were burnt in effigies, the dignitaries released white pigeons. The leaders also lit the ceremonial lamp.
They were presented with traditional weapons such as bow and arrow, sword, trident and mace by the organisers.They also witnessed the final act of Ram Lila where Ravan is killed in battle with Lord Ram.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present.
After the celebrations at Subhash Maidan, Sonia and Singh reached Ramlila Maidan for another 'Ravan Dahan' event where they were joined by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.