DUSSEHRA, THE festival symbolising victory of good over evil, was celebrated in the City with traditional enthusiasm and fervour. Effigies of demon king Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghnad were burnt at several places amid bursting of crackers and attractive firework.
Main functions were held at Chhola Dussehra Maidan, T T Nagar Dussehra Maidan, Bittan Market Dussehra Maidan and BHEL Dussehra Maidan. At these places the effigies were burnt in the presence of large crowds.
Spectators cheered Lord Ram as he aimed at Ravana and within no time the demon king was destroyed amid fireworks.
At T T Nagar Dussehra Maidan, the programme was organised under the banner of Nagrik Kalyan Samiti. Governor Balram Jakhar was the chief guest at the function. Before a 60 foot Ravana effigy went up in flames, some writers, journalists and artistes were felicitated.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Suresh Pachauri, Finance Minister Raghavji and Mayor Sunil Sood were also present at the function.
At the Chhola Maidan, the Dussehra function was organised by the Hindu Utsav Samiti. Before the festivities began, a procession was taken out covering various localities of the old City. Here, Ravana’s effigy was 55 feet tall.
A 61-foot tall Ravana’s effigy was set afire at Bittan Market Dussehra Maidan. A firework competition followed the effigy burning. Pachauri was the chief guest at the function.
The festival was also celebrated at several other places including BHEL Dussehra ground, Shahpura, Govindpura, Kolar Road, Bagh Mugalia Extension, Ayodhya Nagar, Karond, Idgah Hills, Koh-e-fiza, Lalghati, Bairagarh, Gandhinagar, Nishatpura, Kazi Camp and Anand Nagar.