New Delhi: With the country celebrating Dussehra on Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narenda Modi and other dignitaries took part in the grand celebrations of Ramlila in national capital's Lal Quila maidan.
Prime Minister burnt the giant effigy of Ravana at the event. Burning effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran are the centre part of the celebrations.
It is one of the high-profile Ramlila celebrations in the country at the ground opposite the historic Red Fort.
Addressing the gathering President Kovind said the festival marks victory of good over evil and truth over false and symbolises importance of human values.
He said this festival promotes ethics and justice in the society and added that "a decorated and knowledgeable king like Ravana's effigy is burning in the country because of his bad deeds".
Mr Kovind added that Lord Ram's life was a message to everyone and it was an example for everyone to lead a life with ethics and also respect every section of society, especially the weaker sections and also work for their betterment.
The President also warned that "during celebrations of festivals, one should not create any inconvenience to others, and also should not pollute the environment and maintain cleanliness. This should be everyone's responsibility". UNI