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Artists dressed as Lord Rama, Laxman, Bharat, and Shatrughan during Ram Barat procession taken out during the Navratri festival, in Bhopal.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu along with his spouse Usha Naidu, reads Ramayana on the occasion of the Bhoomi Pujan for Lord Ram's temple at his birthplace Ayodhya, at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas in New Delhi.

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A young girl watches Ramayana in her phone, during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Guwahati. Doordarshan and DD Bharati are retelecasting mythological series ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ respectively, starting from today.

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Shiraz Hussian (L) shows the aluminium sheets with Ramayana in Urdu, written by him in an attempt to enter the "Guiness World Records", in Kolkata.

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Artists from Patna perform a play during the World Ramayana Conference at Manas Bhawan Auditorium, Jabalpur.

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VHP activists during their 'Janagraha Rally', organised to push for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, in Bengaluru.

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VHP activists carry the statue of Lord Rama during a procession in prior to their 'Janagraha Rally', organised to push for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, in Bengaluru.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers participate in ''Ram Rath Yatra'' from Jhandewalan Mandir, in New Delhi.

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Members of Swadeshi jagran Manch participate in Ram Rath Yatra from Jhandewalan Mandir, in New Delhi.

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A look alike model of the proposed 221 metre statue of Lord Ram to be constructed in Ayodhya, released by a senior UP government official, in Ayodhya.

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Passengers pose for photos on arriving at Faizabad Railway Station by Ramayana Express after it was flagged off from Delhi yesterday, in Faizabad.

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Ramleela artists during the flag off ceremony of Shri Ramayana Express train at Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi.

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The Shri Ramayana Express train during its flag off ceremony, at Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chief guest South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and others during grand Diwali celebrations 'Deepotsav', in Ayodhya.

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Kim Jung-Sook, left, wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, poses with artists dresses as Hindu deities, garlanded from right, Lakshman, Ram and Sita during Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya. The South Korean first lady is the chief guest at Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya.

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Display of Shri Ramayan through a laser show in Naya Ghat at Ayodhya.

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Artists of Ramayana Group from Thailand perform at 4th International Ramayana festival organised by Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) in Bhopal.

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Ram darbar, miniature painting with gold embossing

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Muslim women offering prayers to Lord Rama to promote communal harmony on the occasion of Diwali festival in Varanasi.

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Artistes dressed up as Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman arrive by a chopper for Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya.

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Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with artistes dressed up as Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs 'Abhishek' of artistes dressed up as Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. UP Governor Ram Naik is also seen.

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Artistes of Luv Kush Ramleela Committee (New Delhi) performing on the first day of week-long Ramleela Utsav at Ravindra Bhawan in Bhopal.

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Bharat Milap being celebrated at Nati Imli, Varanasi.

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Artists perform during of LuvKush Ramleela concluding day of Ramleela Festival at historical Red Fort Ground in New Delhi.

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An effigy of Ravana being set on fire during Dussehra celebrations at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Artists enact Ramlila during Dussehra celebrations organised by Shri Dharmik Lila Committee in New Delhi.

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A volunteer, dressed up a demon king Ravana, takes part in a traffic awareness campaign in Gurugram.

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Artistes perform during dance-drama "Shri Ram" at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi.

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Artistes perform during the dance-drama "Shri Ram" at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi.

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Artistes perform during the dance-drama "Shri Ram" at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi.

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Effigies of demon king Ravana his brother Kumbhakaran and son Meghnad being placed on the eve of Dussehra festival at historical Red Fort graound in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Mukesh Rishi performs as Ravana during Ramlila at historical Red Fort Ground in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actors Mukesh Rishi and Raza Murad perform as Ravana and Kumbhakaran during Ramlila at historical Red Fort Ground in New Delhi.

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Artistes performs Shri Ram drama by Shriram Bharatiya kala Kendra in New Delhi.

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BJP Delhi State President Manoj Tiwari dress up as Angad with Bollywood actor Mukesh Rishi during Ramlila of Lav Kush Ramlila Committee at historical Red fort Ground in New Delhi.

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A craftsman preparing the effigies of evil king Ravana, ahead of Dushera festival in New Delhi.

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Kids playing in front of the face of evil king Ravana's effigy, ahead of Dushera festival in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing a postal stamp on “Ramayana”, during his visit to Tulsi Manas Temple, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. UP Governor, Ram Naik and Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath are also seen.

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Artists dressed as god Rama, center, and his brother Lakshman perform a traditional Ramleela drama, narrating the life of God Rama, during Dussehra festivities in Allahabad. The festival of Dussehra commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

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Union Minister of State for HRD, Satya Pal Singh in a group photo with Luv Kush Ram Leela Committee members and foreign models during a visit to “Luv Kush Ram Leela" at Lal Quila Maidan in New Delhi.

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Effigies of demon king Ravana ready to be sold at Ravan Mandi ahead the the Dusshera Festival, in Jaipur.

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Fading pigments of a human epic Scene from a Kerala temple mural, Rama holding court

Congress President Sonia Gandhi holding bow and arrow along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi during Dussehra celebrations at Ram Lila Ground in New Delhi.

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Indian children are silhouetted as sun sets at a fair ground during Dussehra celebrations on the outskirts of New Delhi. Dussehra commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

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People react to bursting crackers during Dussehra celebrations near Red Fort ground in New Delhi. Dussehra commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

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The effigy of Ravana burns during Dusseshra celebration at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

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A vividly illustrated 17th century manuscript of the Ramayana has been brought together online. A major partnership between the British Library and CSMVS Museum in Mumbai has digitally reunited over 600 folios which have been split between organisations in the UK and India for the last 150 years.
Here, on the right, Dasharath tells Ram that he will make him king, with Vashishtha, Lakshman, another Brahmin and ministers in attendance. Ram and Lakshman then leave the king to call on Kausalya on the left, who, dressed in white, is worshipping a small, gold image of Vishnu, with Sumitra beside her. As a portent of impending disaster, their meeting is spied on by Kaikeyi's maid Manthara from a window in the high wall. Below, Ram and Lakshman then depart to their palace in a chariot to prepare for the ceremony amidst general rejoicing, and to the accompaniment of the drums and trumpets that announce royal arrivals and departures.

Alongside the illustrations are over 800 pages of text in Sanskrit, which were copied by a single scribe while staying at different locations in Udaipur.
Here, a distressed Dasharath falls fainting to the ground as Ram, unable to bear the sight of his aged parents running after his chariot, urges the driver to hasten.

The three exiles - Ram, Sita and Lakshman approach Chitrakuta from the right along the banks of the Yamuna.

Bharat places on the throne Ram’s sandals and with the assembled priests and ministers installs them as the ruler of Ayodhya.

After a tremendous fight, in which Ram shoots off Ravan's heads with his arrows only to see them grow again, Ram is reminded to use his Brahma-weapon. This weapon pierces Ravan's breast and he falls lifeless from his chariot.

Hanuman breaks off the peak of the Sanjivani Mountain and flies with it back to Lanka, where its herbs cure Ram and Laksman as well as all the stricken monkeys and bears.

Ravan's brother Kumbhakarna, who was so terrible that Brahma had put him under a curse to spend most of his life asleep, being woken up by an army of monsters.

Rama has divided his forces, sending the chief monkeys with their separate armies to the four gates of the city of Lanka. The allies have launched a general attack on Lanka, in which many marvellous feats of skill and daring are performed.

A part of the Sundar kaand where Hanuman, having arrived on the island of Lanka has shrunk in size, and found Sita near a dazzling white temple in a grove of ashoka trees within the palace complex. Ravan comes to beg her to marry him, but she repulses him. If she does not change her mind, Ravan threatens, he will have her killed.

Ram, Laksman and Sugriv on a rocky eminence of pinky brown, with a jade background, with other monkeys below them. Sugriva divides his forces and sends them out to search the four quarters for Sita.

Ram persuades Bharat, who offered to remain in exile in Ram's place, to govern the kingdom until his return. Bharata resolves to dress and behave as an ascetic until then and takes back Ram's sandals to Ayodhya with him.

The Mewar Ramayana manuscript was created by several artists, whose exquisite and intricate paintings of gods, battles, landscapes and animals are among the finest examples of Indian art.
Here, Ram points out the beauties of the Chitrakut mountain to Sita - the lovely trees and birds, the Mandakini river which rises in the mountain and flows along the bottom of the picture with hermits praying, meditating and bathing along it, and the rocks coloured by gems and minerals.

The Mewar Ramayana manuscript was commissioned by Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in 1649 and produced in his court studio at Udaipur.
Here, Ram, Sita and Lakshman ride off to the forest in a chariot surrounded by the townspeople.

An effigy of Ravana burns during Dussehra celebrations in Faridabad

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Preparing to burn up evil: An effigy of Ravana being prepared for the upcoming Dussehra festival in Jammu

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A man dressed as Goddess Kali participates in a religious procession to mark ‘Ram Navami’ festival in New Delhi.

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Lord Rama arrives to participate in celebrations for ‘Ram Navami’ in New Delhi.

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Policemen stand guard at Subhash Maidan during the Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi attended the celebrations.

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Devotees are silhouetted as an effigy of demon king Ravana burns during the Dussehra festival in Srinagar. The burning of effigies, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a close.

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The effigy of demon king Ravana burns during Dussehra celebrations at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

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The effigy of demon king Ravana burns during Dussehra celebrations in Patna

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The effigy of demon king Ravana burns during Dussehra celebration in Faridabad

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An idol of goddess Durga is immersed into the River Ganges on the last day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. The five-day festival, commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil.

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An effigy of demon king Ravana goes up in flames marking the end of Dussehra festival in Jammu. Dussehra commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

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The effigy of demon king Ravana burns during Dussehra celebrations at Subhash Maidan in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi aim with bow and arrow during Dussehra celebrations at Ram Lila Grounds in New Delhi

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi release white pigeons during Dussehra celebrations at Subhash Maidan in New Delhi

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi aims with a bow and arrow as Congress MP JP Agarwal looks on during Dussehra celebrations at Ram Lila Grounds in New Delhi

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi applies 'Tilak' to an artist, enacting Lord Ram, during Dussehra celebrations at Subhash Maidan in Delhi

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Artisans give final touches to an effigy of demon King Ravana on the eve of Dussehra in Shimla.

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Effigy of Ravana is installed at Lal Qila Maidan on the eve of Dussehra in New Delhi.

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Traders install a huge effigy of “FDI Ravana” on the eve of Dussehra festival at Karol Bagh in New Delhi.

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Children walk past effigies of mythical demon king Ravana, placed along a road, ahead of Dussehra festival in New Delhi.

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Artists dressed as, from left, Lakshmana, Rama and Sita, sit on a float during a Dussehra festival procession early in the morning in Allahabad. The procession was part of Dussehra celebrations, commemorating the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

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Ramlila, re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, Shri Dharmic Leela Committee being staged at Parade Ground in New Delhi.

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An artists in the role of Ravan performs the traditional Ramleela during celebrations to mark Dussehra festival in Allahabad.

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A supporter, dressed up as demon king Ravana, shouts slogans with others during the 8th day of Team Anna's agitation against corruption at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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A protestor dressed up as Ravan at a daylong fast called by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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An Indian man dressed as demon Ravan takes part in a procession to mark "Gudi Padwa," or Maharashtrian New Year, in Mumbai. The placards, from left to right, read "drought," Malnutrition," "Traitor," "Inflation," "corruption," and "Female foeticide."

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An artist paints masks of demon king Ravana on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, to be used in Dussehra festivities in Bhubaneshwar

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An artist paints masks of demon king Ravana on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, to be used in Dussehra festivities in Bhubaneshwar

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An actor dressed as demon king Ravana at a venue of Dussehra festivities in Amritsar, India

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