India is celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra, signifying the triumph of good over evil. The festival is also known as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara or Dashain. Dussehra is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri festival.

Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of the demon king Ravana, which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Idols of the goddess Durga are immersed in bodies of water. Many cities stage a performance known as Ramila, a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Rama.

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People watch as effigies of demon King Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarana and son Meghnad are burnt during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar, IndiaMunish Sharma/Reuters
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Effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnad explode in AmritsarMunish Sharma/Reuters
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An artist dressed as Hindu monkey god Hanuman takes part in a re-enactment of the life of Hindu Lord Rama, in AhmedabadAmit Dave/Reuters
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Devotees load an idol of Hindu goddess Durga onto a boat for immersion in the waters of the river Ganges in KolkataRupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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An artisan shows an effigy of demon king Ravana for the Hindu festival of Dussehra in ChandigarhAjay Verma/Reuters
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An Indian Hindu dressed as the monkey god Hanuman celebrates Dussehra in AmritsarNarinder Nanu/AFP
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Fireworks are set off before an effigy of demon King Ravana is burned in SrinagarAmit Dave/Reuters
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An effigy of demon King Ravana collapses as it burns during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in SrinagarDanish Ismail/Reuters
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Hindu men prepare to burn an effigy of demon king Ravana during the festival of Dussehra in AhmedabadAmit Dave/Reuters
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A man dressed as monkey god Hanuman participates in a procession in AmritsarNarinder Nanu/AFP
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People dressed as deities Lord Rama and Laxman pose during a religious procession in AmritsarNarinder Nanu/AFP
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Hindu devotees immerse an idol of goddess Durga in a pond at Tara Devi in ShimlaAFP
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A boy climbs a fence to watch the fair during Dussehra celebrations in New DelhiChandan Khanna/AFP
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Women take a selfie during the Dussehra festival in SiliguriDiptendu Dutta/AFP
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A vendor sells effigies of the Hindu demon King Ravana on a roadside in AmritsarNarinder Nanu/AFP
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A motorcyclist passes effigies of the demon king Ravana, displayed for sale in New DelhiPrakash Singh/AFP