In Mumbai, an ocean of phones and eyes watch and celebrate as the massive effigy of the ten headed demon Ravana from the great epic Ramayana goes down in flames. This is alluding to Rama’s victory after the demon abducts his wife seeking revenge.
The Hindu festival Dussehra, while different in name across the whole Indian subcontinent, has the same meaning with different celebrations. Whether the victory of Rama or Durga, it centralizes on the age old battle between good and evil, and the victory of the former.
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To all those who doesn't know what Dussehra is, it is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. This is to celebrate the victory of good over evil! ⚡
~~~The final video is the train mishap at Amritsar, India, which happened during one of the Dussehra festivals. A train mows down more than 300 people, killing 60+ and injuring the rest in what is a gruesome incident. The onlookers were standing on the railway tracks, watching the Dussehra procession taking place. This senseless act resulted in a massive disaster which could've been averted with proper safety measures. Hoping and praying that this is the last incident of such nature.~~~
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In the Bengali festival for the goddess Durga, on the last day it’s tradition to “feed” the statues and mark each other with red powder. I was given a mark on my forehead to symbolise good luck for my future husband even! It’s such an honour to be invited to celebrate such festivals but please feel free to correct me if I make any mistakes. This is what I was told. #india#travel#travelindia#durga#hindufestival
Photo by @afpphoto | Bangladeshi Hindus submerge a clay idol of the goddess Durga during Durga Puja festival, 2015 in Dhaka | Comment 👇 if you like this photo.
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I went to a Diwali festival today since my mom was doing an exhibition there and it was cool. This is a festival for Hindus but I am open in learning about other religions. Happy Diwali To all the Hindus! Diwali is basically the celebration of light before darkness and hope before despair. #happydiwali#hindufestival