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A person dressed up as Ravan for Ramleela

According to the memoirs of Munshi Faizuddin, who was a noble in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty, a Neelkanth bird (Indian Roller) was set free from the Red Fort, which denoted the beginning of Dusshera celebrations.

Also, according to Bazm-e-Akhir, on Dussehra afternoon, horses with gold and silver saddles were paraded below the jharokha behind the fort in raiti, which was the dry land between Yamuna bank and the fort wall.

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Ramlila from Ayodhya was telecasted on 25 October, 2020. Twitter

The organizers of star-studded virtual Ramlila going on in Ayodhya have claimed that the numbers of viewers watching it on different media platforms have crossed the 10 crore mark.

The Ramlila that is going on at the Laxman Qila, a grand temple situated on the banks of river Saryu, is being performed by Bollywood stars and actors-turned-politicians, including actor Shahbaz Khan who is playing the character of Ravana, Kavita Joshi who is playing Sita, and Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan, who is essaying the role of Bharat.

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A scene from Ramlila in Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

By Nithin Sridhar

Lord Rama occupies a very unique space in the psyche of Hindus. He is considered as the personification of Dharma (righteousness) and an ideal man. The story of his life (i.e. Ramayana) have been spoken, song, dramatized and celebrated in various other ways for many centuries.

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By Harshmeet Singh

Delhi’s famous Red Fort ground is currently the venue for at least 5 simultaneously ‘Ram Leelas’ being organized by different committees. While each of them has its own USP, visitors seem to throng the ‘Luv Kush Committee’s Ram Leela’ in far bigger numbers. Participation of Bollywood veterans like Shakti Kapoor and Asrani in this particular Ram Leela seems to have titled the visitors towards this particular option.

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