Putting behind memories of grisly bomb blasts, the faithful celebrated Dussehra, symbolising the triumph of good over evil, with fanfare and traditional bonhomie across the country on Thursday.
However, festivities were lukewarm at places hit by bomb blasts that killed and maimed scores of people in some states recently.
Festive mood gripped the young and the old alike as they thronged different venues to see giant effigies of demon king Ravana, his son Meghnath and brother Kumbhkaran blazing and crackling in fiery splendour at sundown.
Attired in their best, thousands witnessed the spectacular fireworks after the towering effigies came crashing on the ground.
With police keeping a hawk-eye vigil in the wake of recent terror strikes in the country, the celebrations passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere.
The burning of effigies or the vanquishing of evil marks the culmination of 10-day Dussehra festivities dominated in North India by Ramlila -- vivid enactments of episodes from the Ramayana.