Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated in India on the tenth day of Navaratri. Kolkata celebrates the day as Durga Puja while in North and some parts of South India, it is celebrated as Dussehra. Mysore has the largest and best celebrations all over India and is visited by a number of tourists as well after which the Dussehra in Kullu has gained popularity.
Delhi is also not far behind when it comes to celebrations of the festival. For people across North India and its neighbouring states, Delhi is the best place to witness the best festivities of Dussehra. The day commemorates the victory of good over evil and there are huge gatherings of people across different parts of Delhi to witness the flamboyant display of fireworks during Ravana Dahan.
Here are the best places in Delhi to witness Ravana Dahan this Dussehra.
If you think of grand Dussehra celebrations in Delhi, there is no better place than Ramlila Maidan in Chandni Chowk. You can sight the tallest effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad over here. Besides the fireworks, there is an array of street food and you can gorge on some of the best food from the stalls.
Red Fort Lawn or Lal Quila Maidan
At this venue, you can see the best display of technology through a theatre of Ramayana. Bollywood celebrities are also often spotted here for the excitement factor. The Luv Kush Ramlila Committee organises the entire event at the Lal Quila Maidan.
DDA Grounds, Patparganj
For East Delhi residents, the Patparganj DDA Grounds host the largest Dussehra celebrations. Besides the display of fireworks, you can also hear the chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’, that makes the venue a happy spiritual place. The grounds are located near National Victor School.
Ramlila Ground Janakpuri
In West Delhi, the Ramlila Ground in Janakpuri can be visited for the biggest Dussehra celebrations. They start with a dance drama on the first day of Navaratri till the last day when the effigies Ravana and his brothers are burned to ashes and the performances are shown through classical folk music, dance, and special effects.
DDA Ground NSP
The crowds gather at this venue for to experience and be a part of the festive celebrations of Dussehra. The ground is close to Dilli Haat in Pitampura which can also be visited for the massive celebrations and annual festivals during Navaratri and Dussehra. You can also savour the delicious food at the stalls here.