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Three-day Dussehra celebrations begin in Jaipur
The celebrations of Dussehra have been set off in Jaipur with enactment of Ramaleela in various parts of Jaipur. In some schools, the festival was celebrated on October 17 with two days of holidays of Ram Navami and Ravana Dahan.

The differently abled children of Disha celebrated the festival with Dandiya dance and burning of the effigy of Ravana. Some of the guests also sang on the occasion and children were quite amused. Also, rangoli of Durga Asthami was done at the entrance of the main building.

It needs to be understood that the burning the effigy of Ravana on Dussehra symbolizes the conquest of good over evil. The real message of Dussehra needs to be seen in terms of burning off the ten vices within – the Ravana within. The names of the ten vices represented as the heads of the Ravana within to be destroyed by humans are the passion, pride, anger, greed, infatuation, lust, hatred, jealousy, and selfishness.

Here are haiku depicting the spiritual significance of Dussehra.

Rid egoistic self. / Burn the Ravana within. / All vices be fired.

Pursue not virtues. / Pride of virtues is a vice. / Rid the vices within.

Chase not virtues. / Rather destroy your vices. / Virtues will spring forth.

Destroy your vices. / Or else, they will destroy you. / Vices are cardinal sins.

Don't go for virtues. / To cover up your vices. / Cleanse self of vices.

Be free of vices. / Vices are wasted true self. / Redeem your true self.

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