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Janakpurdham Burns Effigies of Demon King Ravana on Dussehra

During my recent visit to Janakpurdham, I was lucky, to get chance to observe burning effigies of Demon King Ravana on Dussehra (10th day of Dashain / Teeka Day). The burning of Ravana effigies takes place as final part of Dussehra. Dussehra is a major festival, where people burn the sculpture of Ravan and it is celebrated in most part of Tarai region of Nepal.

The celebration of Dussehra is rooted in the Indian epic of Ramayana, which tells the story of King Rama leaving his Kingdom to rescue his wife Sita, who had been kidnapped by Sri Lanka’s demon king Ravana. King Rama fights with the demon all of nine days and ten nights. On the tenth day, he kills the demon and rescues his wife. Marking the victory of King Rama over the demon Ravana, Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Ashvin, the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar that overlaps September and October of the Gregorian calendar, every year.
As a part of my evening walk, I was crawling around Janakpur t…

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