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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday greeted the country on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra and in a message of unity said he hoped that compassion, love and brotherhood prevail over all forces of obscurantism and evil that seek to divide the nation.

“Warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow countrymen in India and abroad on the joyous occasion of Dussehra. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Let us collectively confront all adversities & march forward towards the goal of all-round development of nation,” he said, according to a tweet from the president’s office tweeted.

Mukherjee also said that the festival was a reminder that those who follow the path of virtue, goodness and righteousness will always emerge victorious.

Later, speaking at a Dussehra celebration at Parade Ground in central Delhi, he said: “Dussehra is a symbol of our ancient culture and we should forget our differences and work towards nation building. That will be our victory. I appeal to the people to maintain unity and integrity of the nation and contribute to the country’s development.”

This is the fifth occasion in the last fortnight that Mukherjee expressed concern over rising incidents of intolerance and appealed to people to maintain unity and integrity.

The president had on Monday appealed for tolerance on a day when Hindu activists attacked a Jammu and Kashmir legislator with black ink while the Shiv Sena forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India to call off talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board on reviving cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.

(IANS)

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Strange Rituals: Demon King Ravana is Worshipped on Dussehra

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Effigy of Ravana burns. Dussehra. Wikimedia

Sep 30, 2017: Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated with fervor at the end of Navratri every year. The festival is observed by burning the puppet of King Ravana. While at some places, the celebration of good over evil is celebrated by burning effigy of the demon king, there are some places where Ravana is worshipped on this occasion. It is predisposed amongst the followers that all their wishes come true on this day.

Also Read: Ram and Ravana Have More In Common Than You Think: 5 Traits of the Anti-Hero Ravana That You Must Learn | Dussehra Special

Every year on Dussehra, the 125-year-old Dashanan temple in Shivala area of Kanpur is opened for its devotees. An idol of King Ravana is ornamented, and aarti is performed. Devotees perform religious rituals and light lamps to celebrate the festival. The temple remains closed following the burning of Ravana’s statue.

Dashanan Temple was constructed in 1890 by king Guru Prasad Shukl. The rationale behind the construction of Dashanan temple was Ravana’s adherence towards Lord Shiva.

King Ravana is worshipped at many places in India, for example: In Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada, a huge shivalinga established by Ravana is revered along with the demon-king. Vidisha, a village in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to King Ravana. In this village, the first wedding card invitation is sent to Ravana before the commencement of any celebration. Neither the devotees burn dummies of King Ravana, nor do they celebrate Dussehra.

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