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    Actors dressed as lord rama taking aim at an effigy during dussehra celebrations

    Festivals celebrate life and bonhomie! We spend moments with family and friends cherish the great cultural diversity. Dussehra is a major Hindu festival mostly celebrated in Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Dussehra in Sri Lanka is special because the nexus of the festival lies in the island nation located in South Asia.

    The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. The legend has it that Hindu god Lord Rama along with brother Lakshman, Hanuman, and a legion of monkey army defeated the demon king Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Sita. As Ravana was the then king of Sri Lanka and rather an evil, the festival holds relevance to the Hindus in Sri Lanka too. And just like the celebrations in India, people choose to mark the end of the 10-day epic war in Srilanka with celebration. Just like the popular Indian festivals in Diwali, Eid, and Pongal, Dussehra in Srilanka is a popular festival too.

    Dussehra In Sri Lanka 2019: Celebrations & Customs

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    Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana meant the end of asuras’ rule in the country. The fact that Ravana was a Lankan and a feared king there makes Dussehra celebration in Srilanka even more extensive. People worship their deity and burn the effigies of Ravana and his subordinates, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran.

    As Rama freed Lanka from the clutches of Ravana and handed over the country’s reins to his brother even people there rejoiced. Upon the arrival of Lord Rama, Lakshman, and Sita in Ayodhya after 20 days of the war, people chose to celebrate their homecoming in an even bigger way by decorating their homes, illuminating the surroundings, worshipping the Lord. And similar sight can be seen in Sri Lanka too.

    In parts of India and Sri Lanka, people hold processions wherein actors enact prominent Ramayana characters. The play, also known as Ramleela, continues for 10 days and on the last day popularly known as Vijayadashmi, the actor playing Rama burns the effigy of Ravana by shooting it with a bow and arrow. It’s absolutely thrilling to behold such a sight with ecstatic people around basking in festivities.

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    How To Celebrate Dussehra In Sri Lanka?

    Quite similar to India, the celebration of Dussehra in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka comprises of a series of events. People greet and present gifts to each other, worship gods, and play devotional music. There are a few Hindu temples located across Nuwara Eliya, Chilaw, and Puttalam that have historical relevance and are dedicated to Lord Rama. Try visiting as many of them as you can to experience Dussehra celebrations at its best. A few people have also mentioned Ram Dahan in Sri Lanka across various forums on the internet. However, there is no concrete proof regarding any such activity taking place during Dussehra.

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    Places To Visit During Dussehra In Sri Lanka

    Dussehra 2019 in Sri Lanka will be phenomenal. It is a treat to watch the Lankans celebrate the festival with so much enthusiasm. There are a few popular temples in Sri Lanka that have historical relevance with Ramayana. If you are on a Sri Lanka tour during Dussehra make it a point to visit these temples there.

    1. Sri Anjaneya Temple, Delhiwala-Mount Lavinia


    A 45-minute drive from Colombo, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is popular among Hindus living in Sri Lanka. The temple has a five faced idol of Lord Hanuman and other beautiful idols of gods and goddesses.

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    2. Kataragama Temple, Uva

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    This temple is built to worship Lord Kartikeya Subramaniam who was asked by Indra to go to the battlefield to help Lord Rama sustain Brahmastra from Ravana.

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