Dussehra is an important festival in India. It is largely celebrated by the Hindus. It falls in the month of September-October. It is celebrated twenty days earlier than Deepawali. It marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. Ram is the ideal of goodness and Ravana represents evil.
The story goes that the crowning Prince Rama of Auyodhya undertook fourteen years of exile. In the last year of his wandering, Ravana the king of Lanka carried away his consort, Sita. The result was a bloody fight between the two. Lakhs of people died from both sides. In the end Ravana, his son Meghnat and his powerful brothers were killed and Mother Sita was freed.
Ram Lila is enacted during the nights. Different events of the life of Lord Rama is dramatised in the Ram Lila. There is great hustle and bustle during the Ram Lila. Dussehra is celebrated for ten days. Preparations for the festival start many days earlier.Thousands of men, women and children come in the Ram Lila ground to enjoy the show. Everyone is happy and enjoys himself. The whole environment wears a festive look.
In different parts of the country it is celebrated differently. A big fair is held. Shops and stalls are erected near the place where the goddess is worshipped. The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are prepared.
Dussehra is a festival of joy. It reminds us of the victory of good over evil.