08 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: 'Ravan Dahan' or 'Ravan Podi' in Odia, is an event which is much sought-after by people across the country. Celebrated on the day of 'Vijaya Dashami' or Dussera, this event holds significance for the denizens of Bhubaneswar, a lively city which celebrates Durga Puja with much fanfare.
On Tuesday, huge effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are set afire to mark the triumph of good over evil. In Bhubaneswar Ravana Podi was held at - Nayapalli, Jharpada, Baramunda and Rasulgarh.
There was a huge crowd to watch the event which involved fireworks that glittered the city's skyline. The city literally came to a standstill with glittering fireworks all around. A large crowd assembled on the grounds of the aforementioned locations to witness the display of fireworks.
‘Vijayadashami’ is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of ‘Ashwin’ that falls in September or October of the Western calendar. It is the grand finale of the 10-day annual ‘Navaratri’ (nine nights) festival.
The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the dreadful demon Mahishasura. The Goddess fought against the reign of terror unleashed by Mahishasura for ten days and nine nights.
Today, the Dussehra celebrations came to a fiery end on Vijayadashami with Ravana set ablaze at different locations of the city.