Ravan Dahan 2023: Dussehra or Vijayadashami, is a prominent Hindu festival observed in India. The day marks the victory of Lord Rama over the Ravana (demon king), symbolising the ultimate triumph of good over evil. The celebration is characterized by vibrant enthusiasm and is rich in various customs and traditions, including the symbolic burning of Ravana’s effigies, colorful processions, and the exchange of sweets and gifts among people.
In many places across India, the tradition of ‘Ravan Dahan’ is observed with great pomp and show. Communities in different regions of India come together to build and burn huge effigies (representations) of the demon king Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghanada. These effigies are filled with fireworks and other flammable stuff, which makes for quite a dramatic show.
People gather at central locations, often in open spaces or public squares, to watch this event.
Ravan Dahan Shubh Muhurat
This year, the auspicious time for Ravana Dahan will commence from 5:22 p.m. and extend until 6:59 p.m, an astrologer said. On October 24, two favourable yogas, Ravi Yoga and Vriddhi Yoga, are forming, making this day particularly suitable for the Dussehra festival. Ravi Yoga and Vriddhi Yoga are seen as an auspicious combination for Ravana Dahan.
Dussehra 2023 Date and Time
- Vijayadashami Tithi Starts: 05.44 PM October 23
- Vijayadashami Tithi Ends: 03.14 PM October 24
- Dussehra Shubh muhurat: 01:58 PM to 02:43 PM
- Ravana Dahan Timing: 05:22 PM to 6:59 PM
Best Places to Visit Ravan Dahan in Delhi, Noida, Lucknow and other cities
Delhi Ravan Dahan Places
Ramlila Maidanm, Red Fort Ground, Netaji Subhash Park, Janakpuri Ramlila Ground, JLN Stadium
Lucknow Ravan Dahan Venues
Aishbagh Ramlila Maidan, Sadar Bazaar, PNT Park Rajajipuram
Ayodhya Ravan Dahan Venue
Kanpur Ravan Dahan
Parade Ramlila Ground, Kanpur
Patna Ravan Dahan
No Ravan Dahan in Deoghar. Here’s why
Effigies of Ravana are burned everywhere to celebrate Dussehra except in Jharkhand’s Deoghar. The reason behind this is that Ravana was a great scholar and a Brahmin. He was a devout devotee of Lord Shiva and had ten heads, five of which were Sattvic (pure) and the remaining five were Tamasic (impure).
When Ravana was bringing the Jyotirlinga from Kailash to Baba Baidyanath, it was considered a Sattvic (pure) act. As per Hindu mythology, Kamalnath Jyotirlinga was brought to Deoghar by Ravana. Although it was consecrated by Lord Vishnu, the one who brought the Jyotirlinga was Ravana himself. This is why there is no burning of Ravana’s effigy in Deoghar.