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Indian festival celebrates triumph of good over evil

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 00:44

Devotees across India celebrate the Hindu festival of Dussehra which marks the centuries-old legend that says Hindu god Rama defeated the ten-headed demon king Ravana in a triumph of good over evil. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUG CUT - NATURAL (no reporter narration) STORY: Devotees across India celebrated the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Tuesday (October 11), commemorating the triumph of good over evil. According to legend, Hindu god Rama defeated ten-headed demon king Ravana after a war that lasted ten days and rescued his abducted wife Sita. Devotees across India burn effigies of Ravana on the occasion. Known as Dasara in south India, Mysuru's Dussehra festivities attract thousands of devotees and tourists alike every year. The royal family of Mysuru started the tradition centuries ago. The Bengali community celebrates Dussehra as Dashmi. The nine-day long Durga Puja festivities culminate on the tenth day with immersion of idols of Goddess Durga into water bodies. According to legend, the Asuras or demons invaded the heavens after a prolonged battle with the Gods. The Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu created Goddess Durga, the most powerful divine entity to vanquish the demons and since then Hindus have revered the occasion by worshipping her. Goddess Durga represents power, the feminine force, which guides and destroys all the evil from earth. Many people observe fasts and some restrict their diet to fruit and vegetables, spurning meat, onions and garlic during the festival. In Kolkata city of eastern West Bengal state, locals offered prayers to Goddess Durga at temples and marquees built especially for the Durga puja celebrations. The Bengalis perform "sindoor khela" (vermilion ceremony) on the occasion by applying vermillion powder on each other. Devotees in the national capital New Delhi celebrated the festival by offerings prayers to Goddess Durga. Women devotees also performed sindoor khela (vermillion ceremony) and performed dances to appease the goddess.

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Indian festival celebrates triumph of good over evil

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 00:44