The Legend of Ram

Nine days of living the story of Ram and Ravan, the story of Good vanquishing Evil, is at the heart of Dussehra festival in India. Ramlila performances at New Delhi's Red Fort attract thousands including the President and political leaders of India

Bird's eye view: Ramlila Maidan in front of Red Fort in New Delhi.

Bird's eye view: Ramlila Maidan in front of Red Fort in New Delhi (WION)

Ramlila enacts the story of the prince of Ayodhya, Lord Ram, his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman and traces their journey.

Ramlila enacts the story of the prince of Ayodhya, Lord Ram, his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman and traces their journey through a fourteen-year exile. (WION)

Although Lord Ram and Sita are venerated as divine figures in India today, scripturally Lord Ram is known as 'Maryada Purushottam'.

Although Lord Ram and Sita are venerated as divine figures in India, scripturally Lord Ram is known as 'Maryada Purushottam', meaning the perfect man according to moral codes. (WION)

Shri Dharmic Leela Committee's Ramlila pulls hundreds of people each year during the festival of Navratri (nine days).

Shri Dharmic Leela Committee's Ramlila pulls hundreds of people each year during the festival of Navratri (nine days), dedicated to the worship of Hindu goddess Durga. (WION)

'Gods' in the green room: An ardent devotee of Ram, vanar (monkey) Hanuman participated in the war against Ravan.

'Gods' in the green room: An ardent devotee of Ram, vanar (monkey) Hanuman participated in the war against Ravan. Several texts also present him as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. (WION)

Elaborate security arrangements in place in front of the Red Fort ahead of 'Ravan Dahan'.

Elaborate security arrangements in place in front of the Red Fort ahead of 'Ravan Dahan' or slaying of Ravan, the primary antagonist in the Hindu epic. (WION)

Effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad to be burnt later in the evening at the Shri Dharmik Leela Committee event.

Effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad to be burnt later in the evening at the Shri Dharmik Leela Committee event. (WION)

Ram and Lakshman flanked by placards with congratulatory messages to the Indian armed forces.

Ram and Lakshman flanked by placards with congratulatory messages to the Indian armed forces. (WION)

Tricolour balloons released in the air ahead of burning of Ravan's effigy.

Tricolour balloons released in the air ahead of burning of Ravan's effigy. (WION)

Meghnad, King of Lanka Ravan's son, is the first one to be set to fire. The prince of Lanka was said to have conquered Indra Lok (heaven).

Meghnad, King of Lanka Ravan's son, is the first one to be set to fire. The prince of Lanka was said to have conquered Indra Lok (heaven). (WION)

Ravan, the ten-headed warrior, awaiting his fate.

Ravan, the ten-headed warrior, awaiting his fate. Ravan kidnapped Ram's wife Sita in what was seen as retribution for the insult of his sister Shurpanakha leading to the sacking of Lanka. (WION)

How the mighty fall: Ravan's arrogance is said to be behind his moral degradation

How the mighty fall: Ravan's arrogance is said to be behind his moral degradation and eventual fall and death at the hands of Ram. (WION)

The effigies at one of the three Ramlila events are seen. Three committees organise three different Ramlila events in front of the iconic Red Fort .

The effigies at one of the three Ramlila events are seen. Three committees organise three different Ramlila events in front of the iconic Red Fort every year. (WION)

Cops on duty: Security was boosted for the three Ramlilas held in front of Red Fort, which sees the footfall of about hundred thousand people.

Cops on duty: Security was boosted for the three Ramlilas held in front of Red Fort, which sees the footfall of about a hundred thousand people on the day of Dussehra - the tenth and final day of the Hindu festival of Navaratri. (WION)

Delhi Police personnel looking up at the illuminated sky. Police officers were stationed on the rooftops of high buildings in Lala Lajpat Rai Market.

Delhi Police personnel looking up at the illuminated sky. Police officers were stationed on the rooftops of high buildings in Lala Lajpat Rai Market to prevent any attempts at creating panic. (WION)

The ice trio: Immensely popular fruit kulfi of old Delhi.

The ice trio: Immensely popular fruit kulfi of old Delhi. (WION)