Lots of customs are common when people celebrate Dussehra, in different parts of
India and the most popular and common of them all is the staging of the Ramleela.
People in many parts of the country also follow the age old custom of burning the
life like images or putlas of Ravana, brother - Kumbhkarna and also his son Meghnath
on Ramleela especially in the northern parts of India.
It is in this auspicious festival that Ramleela
is conducted at a huge ground or 'Maidan'. The whole Maidan wears a festive look
and the event is witnessed by many people every year. In this Maidan, you can come
across the huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and also Kumbhkarna which have all
been constructed one month before the festival. They are then laden with crackers
and erected usually a day before Dussehra, at the Ramleela Maidan.
There are artists who are disguised as Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Ravana. They
all come to the Maidan with the procession of people, amidst the bursting of crackers
and the beating of drums. On their arrival, a small drama is played by the artists
which depicts the climax of the war between Lord Rama and Ravana. When the climax
is near the artist who is acting as Lord Rama aims and shoots his arrow towards
the effigy of Ravana and sets it on fire. The effigy is now catching fire and later
on bursts. All the people witness these rituals who rejoice when Ravana is defeated
Visarjan Of The Idol: It is in eastern India especially in West Bengal that the
festival of Durga Puja celebrations
precedes Dusshera. When the tenth day of the Pooja arrives which is the Vijayadasmi
day, the idol of the Goddess is then immersed into the nearby river by the devotees
and these devotees then bid farewell to the Goddess in a ceremonial manner, amidst
a procession where everyone is singing the Devi Songs. They also dance to the tune
of dholaks also known as traditional drums. This is known as 'Visarjan'.