Images of India : Ravana Effigy burnt on Dussehra…

RavanaDussehra celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the wicked demon Mahishasura who, according to legend, belonged to Mysore. Dussehra also has its roots in the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’. It is widely held that the festival actually commemorates the killing of the great demon king of Lanka, Ravana, by Lord Rama (the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Rama fought a great battle for ten days to rescue his wife Sita who was abducted by the ten-headed Ravana. The word “Dussehra” can also be interpreted as “Dasa-Hara”, which stands for the cutting of the ten heads of Ravana by Lord Rama.