New Delhi: India celebrates Dussehra today. The day is celebrated on the tenth day of Sharadiya Navratri or Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil, to which many stories are attached.
In many places, the effigy of Ravana is burnt on Dussehra along with a tradition of fireworks in North India, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Bihar. There is also the the staging of Ramlila which begins in Navratri and ends with the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad, the son and brother of Ravana respectively.
As per Indian mythology, Lord Rama killed Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka on the day of Dussehra. On the other hand, this day is celebrated as Vijayadashami in Bengal, the day when Goddess Durga defeated the demon Mahishashura on Dashami Tithi.