Let's Burn Our Inner Demons
If other countries where people are still suffering from Covid see Indians celebrating 'Dusshera' or 'Durga Puja' they will curse us, lol. A huge crowd emerged during these festival celebrations and on 5th October it was Dusherra here which was celebrated like crazy and I also went to be a part of that event.
But first, let us know what is Dusshera or 'Vijayadashami' and Why Is It Celebrated?
It is the end day festival of Durga Puja which is celebrated on a different theme where Lord Rama one of the Hindu Gods defeated one of the immortal Demon with ten heads named 'Ravana'. This festival symbolizes the win of good over evil. And to remind humans to be in their limits and don't get engulfed by their inner demons like greed, power, ego etc.
Ravana wasn't that bad in fact he has a lot of morals like respecting women and giving people chances but one bad thing named 'Ego' took over his mind which resulted in his defeat. He had strongest warriors in his side but still he lost only because of his Ego.
How It Is Celebrated?
In some places live shows and acts performed by men and women are organized to teach people no matter how bad one is goodwill someday defeat it for sure.
But the main highlight is the Effigies of Ravana along with those of Meghnada (Ravana’s son) and Kumbhkarana (Ravana’s brother) are stuffed with firecrackers and set ablaze at night in open fields.
The demon is generally set ablaze through traditional methods using a bow and arrow which was the major weapon of Lord Rama but some use modern methods like guns and ropes and also like a time bomb. When the effigy is ablaze the crowd shouts with excitement. Man, I missed these united moments with people.
There were so many people around that I had to jump sometimes to watch the view, haha short me. The main effigy was 65Feet tall, don't know about the other ones. There were so many people around that I wasn't able to get good shots but thankfully one friend of mine had a drone and he shared some shots with me. See such a huge crowd.
I also met a lot of my school and childhood friends, so overall that was a great day for me to enjoy the festival and meet familiar faces.
In some places, firecrackers show also happen but to minimize air pollution this is slowly going out of practice fun fact is that vehicles produce more pollution everyday than this one-day firecracker celebration.
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I was thinking of not going as I already spent two days visiting places and on the third day I felt less excited but one thought clicked with me that this will be celebrated after 2 years, do you really wanna miss the hype? And there in 2 minutes, I was ready.
Also on this day, we pray to get good positive energy removing the bad ones from our hearts and mind. Ultimately burning our inner demons. Even if you are strong, successful, filled with talent never let the Ego takeover you.
Perfect realistic display of a culture! Good always triumphs in the end. Be good and remain so.