As the nine-day long Navratri culminated, the nation observed Vijayadashami, the day of victory, with religious fervor by following COVID-19 protocol. Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the invincible Buffalo king Mahishasura. The occasion is also seen as the day when Lord Ram defeated Ravana, which marks triumph of good over evil.
The festival is the highlight of the year for the state of West Bengal, or any Bengali in general, reflecting the importance of the occasion for the people. Following pujas and other traditional practices over the five-day long Durga Puja and prior to the immersion of the idol as part of the 'Ghot Bisharjon', Vijayadashami is marked with women participating in 'Sindoor Khela', which involves women applying vermilion (Sindoor) on each other after applying Sindoor on the Goddess' feet and forehead and feeding her with sweets and betel leaves.
On Monday, married Bengali women celebrated the traditional Sindoor Khela at Dadar's Shivaji Park Bengal Club, ahead of Durga visarjan.
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(With ANI inputs)