Mumbai celebrates victory of good over evil

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Mumbai, Oct 21 (UNI) Dussehra, symbolising triumph of good over evil, was celebrated across Maharashtra today with the burning of effigies of ten-headed demon king Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnatha on 'Vijayadashmi'.

It also marked the end of Durga Puja festival.

In Mumbai, people gathered in large numbers to witness the burning of Ravana's effigy at Shivjai Park, Girgaum Chowpatty, Gurunanak High School compound in Sion and other such places.

Children and elders at numerous housing societies, both in the city and its suburbs, put up the effigies of Ravana in their respective compounds, which were also consigned to flames.

Men, women and children sporting colourful dresses made a beeline to get entry at several venues to witness the burning of 'Ravana'. 'Poojas' were also conducted at a number of establishments and factories, where people wished all a happy Dussehra.

To mark Durga Puja, people from the Bengali community took out Durga idols for immersion at Girgaum Chwpatty, Versova and other sea beds of the metropolis.

Meanwhile, according to reports reaching here from Kolhapur, 'Dussera' festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety today.

Thousands of devotees thronged the holy Mahalaxmi Temple to offer their prayers and 'darshan' the Goddess Mahalaxmi, also known as Ambabai, throughout the day.

In the evening, a decorated palanquin of Goddess Mahalaxmi was taken out en route to historic Dasara chowk, where large number of citizens had gathered to witness the Dussehra function.

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