Residents of the city burned effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad at various locations as the 10-day celebrations concluded with Dussehra on Thursday.
The tallest effigy of the city was the 90-foot Ravana at Leisure Valley Ground, Sector 29. It burst into flames around 6 pm amid huge cheers and slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
Effigy burning was followed by dazzling fireworks.
In the city, Dussehra celebrations were organised at Gaushala Maidan, Old Gurgaon, Geeta Bhavan in New Colony, Leisure Valley Ground, DLF 2, Richmond Park, DLF 5 and at Sectors 4, 5, and 31.
A large number of police personnel were deployed at various parts of the city to regulate traffic and for the safety of residents.
According to general secretary of Dussehra Utsav Ayojan Samati Vikram Gupta, a team of 15 artisans made the huge 90-foot effigies worth more than Rs. 5 lakh. Firecrackers worth Rs. 1 lakh was used to burn the three effigies. “We have around 5,000 crackers inside the effigies,” he said.
In DLF Phase II located near Privat Hospital, a 35-foot effigy of Ravana was set ablaze. Residents enjoyed the ethnic food and participated in the Ramlila as well. “This is a yearly celebration and I visit this place along with my family to enjoy the traditional Ramlila and Dussehra,” Kausik Kumar, a resident of DLF Phase-II, said.
“We celebrate Dussehra every year and we are happy that more than 5,000 people participated in the celebration,” Vinod Tayal, president of Nishkam Foundation DLF Phase II, said.
The old city also witnessed a huge crowd as people thronged many venues to celebrate the festival. “We have been celebrating this festival for the last 50 years. Around 10,000 people visited the area to enjoy the festival. The huge crowd gives a carnival like feeling,” Raj Kumar Saini of Sree Durga Ramlila Committee which belongs to the Jacobpura area, said.
Another famous venue is the event at New Colony where around 15,000 people visit every year. “At the Dussehra ground people had a great time, enjoying the local food and the celebrations,” Surender Khullar, member of New Colony Ramlila Committee, said.
In Sector 31, where many people came with families, residents were thrilled to see the burning of the effigies.
Meanwhile, residents of the city’s upscale colonies also celebrated Dussehra with pomp and show.
The residents of Park Place, a condominium with 1,500 apartments in DLF 5, along with Hindustan Times, organised a mega event at the park of the condominium.
Ramlila was organised in which children played the mythological characters. In the end, they burnt the effigies which were placed outside the gate of the condominium. Apart from Ramlila, different activities such as fancy dress, quiz and dance was also organised on the occasion.
The residents also participated in a five-hour non-stop dandiya.
A resident of Park Place, Captain Virender Sharma said, “Festivals bring positivity and are great opportunities to bond with each other.”
Effigies were burnt at Richmond Park in DLF 4 as well.
While the rest of the city burnt Ravana effigies filled with crackers, DLF 5 organised a 13-minute laser Ramlila for its residents. The story of Ravana Dahan was told to the audience using laser lights and sound effects.
“I loved this unique idea of pollution-free celebrations. Though it is a bit crowded, it shows that people are enjoying such a concept of watching the Ramlila through a laser show,” Priyadarshini Saha, a resident of The Pinnacle, said.