Workers light oil lamps during Diwali celebrations in Gandhinagar, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad. The festival of lights celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, and the triumph of good over evil. Hand made diyas, decorative lights and sky lanterns are some alternatives that people have opted for this year, in hope of a quieter, cleaner celebration for one of India’s biggest festivals.
While in India, Ravana is considered a ‘demon,’ whose effigy is burnt with great fervour on the occasion of Dusshera –celebrating the victory of good over evil, the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka hold a different perspective. For them, Ravana is neither demon nor evil, rather a hero. He’s rather seen as a cult figure in Sri Lanka. Seen here, Dhakshith Samaraweera a Sri Lankan dramatist who has been performing in India for three years now prepares ahead of a show at the Kamani Auditorium, Delhi.
A hoarding in BJP-ruled Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi depicting Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sanjay Nirupam and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal as demon king Mahishasur has led to a political uproar in the state. read more
Before solemnising any marriage in the village, the first wedding card is sent to Ravana’s temple, one of the very few in India. The villagers also seek blessings of the King of Lanka before any festival. read more
Dussehra may be festival Hindus, but Muslim artisans too toil hard to ensure that the effigies of demon king and his brothers stand tall before going into flames. For the past 10 years, Muslim artisans from Uttar Pradesh have been setting an example... read more
Contrary to popular wisdom in India, a new book on Ravana, the \'demon king\' in the Ramayana epic, says he ruled a rich and vast kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka, wrote books and built a maze of underground tunnels to protect his empire. read more
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came under a sharp attack from Congress leaders including Mani Shankar Aiyer who compared him with demon king \'Ravana\' and also called him \'asatya ka saudagar\' (merchant of falsehood). read more
As Dussehra, festival symbolising victory of good over evil, culminates on Wednesday with the burning of effigies of demon king Ravana, the effigy makers have tried to bring creativeness to this age-old practice by touching people\'s chord. read more