COLOURFUL FIRECRACKERS and lights lit the Indore Sky on Monday evening as the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnad went up in flames at almost all the major places in the city to mark the end of the Dussehra festivities.
RSS Swayamsevaks conducted Shatra-Pujan in various localities of the city to celebrate Vijaya Dashmi and carried out Path-Sanchalan. The main Path Sanchalan would be held on October 8 on the eve of Foundation Day of RSS, where nearly 10,000 Swayam Sevaks are expected to participate.
This year, models of Lanka were also set on flames, including the 111 feet and 51 feet tall effigies of Ravan at Dussehra Maidan and Tilak Nagar.
Scenes of Lanka-Dahan by Hanuman and attack by the Vanar-Sena were enacted before the main ceremony at Dussehra Maidan.
Indore Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma inaugurated the ceremony, while former minister Mahesh Joshi was the chief guest and Indore Municipal Corporation Speaker Shankar Lalwani presided.
Flames were seen leaping out of Ravana’s eyes even before the effigy was set on flames at GPO. The scene of Lord Rama piercing Ravana’s naval with an arrow was enacted at almost all places.
Radhe Radhe Group used a remote control to set the effigy on fire at Mahalaxmi Nagar. At Kalani Nagar, the VDS Group chanted ‘Ram’ to make the ceremony interesting. The mobile, waterproof Ravan effigy at Ushaganj Chawni was set on flames after a round of fire works.
Programmes were held at many places, including Palasia, Chimanbagh Ground and Khatiwala Tank. Effigies ranging in heights between 5 to 30 feet were burnt in residential colonies to mark the end of the festival.
The residents of Hujurganj in the city burnt effigies of Dawood Abrahim, Abu Salem, Osama bin Laden and the in-laws of Bhumi to protest terrorism and social evils.
Members of the Valmiki Samaj performed Ravan puja at Sugnidevi College, Pardeshipura in the morning. AAS-a voluntary organisation celebrated Dussehra by undertaking campaigns against child labour, drug and liquor addictions, poverty, terrorism, female infanticide, AIDS and unemployment.
However, Shri Ram Dussehra Utsav Samiti would celebrate Ravan Dahan at Musakhedi Ring Road tomorrow setting ablaze a 51
feet tall effigy at 9.00 pm to be followed by a musical programme.
The people bought Sona-Patti after the Ravan-Dahan, as a symbol of peace and prosperity. This is gifted to elders to seek their blessings on the next day of Dussehra.