Why is ravana burnt on dussehra celebrations

Dussehra celebrations and the burning of Ravana

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Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dushehra) is a Hindu festival celebrated in India. It falls on the tenth day of Navratri, a nine-day celebration of Goddess Durga. Massive effigies of Ravana are burnt in joy and celebration. Ravana is one of the most controversial character of epic Ramayana.

Depicted as an evil rakshasa king, he is also worshipped in parts of India, Sri Lanka and Bali (Indonesia). Born to a great sage, Vishrava and his wife, a rakshasa princess, he wrote a book Ravana Samhita a book on Astrology and Arka Prakasham a book on Siddha medicine. He was a maestro of Veena, a scholar of Political Science and an adept ruler loved by his people.

Humans, devas and rakshasa were fighting for survival. Ravana was epitome of human curiosity. He tested his might and strength by challenging the power of Gods. Though he captured Sita, he left her untouched. Rama, on the other hand, credited to be the ideal man, deserted Sita on some hearsay. Here’s a trailer of the big war reimagined:

 

Before his death, he told Lakshman to never underestimate the enemy. Among his other big mistakes was disclosing the secret of life and death to his brother Vibhishan.

More than a win of good over evil, Ramayana is an underdog story of survival: a king defeating an extremely powerful ruler.

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