Dussehra special: Best places to witness Ramlila in Delhi 2017

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Priya Srivastava

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So again, it’s that month of the year when all the colours and festivities are back in town. Delhi, the national capital, knows how to be happy and gay, and celebrate the day! And when we talk about festivals and celebrations, Ramlila in Delhi is one of the most awaited events of the year. The supremely entertaining Ramlila, celebrated annually on the day of Dussehra, marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon-king Ravana. This is the day when life-size effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarana are burned in an enactment. A number of people plan their trips to the city during this time especially to witness the event that also attracts the attention of the international media. This year, Dussehra will be celebrated on 30th September, and if you too are planning to be a part of the festivities, here is a list of some prominent places to experience ‘Ravana Dahan’ or Ramlila in Delhi.

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Ramlila Maidan


This place is quite famous! All important events take place here in the Ramlila Maidan, be it Baba Ramdev’s protest, Anna Hazare’s anti corruption movement, or staging the annual Ramlila. It is also one of the oldest venues in the city where Ramlila or Ravana Dahan takes place on such a grand level. Thousands of people start gathering in the ground hours before the final show to take the best seats close to stage. It gets all goosebumpy when the crowd cheers in unison ‘Jai Shri Ram’ after the statue burning ceremony. Later, the show performers parade in the ground and greet the spectators. An experience to remember!

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Red Fort Lawns



Ramlila at Red Fort Lawns is vibrant, beautiful and will remind you of your childhood. The mela or fair which is organised here has food stalls serving cuisines from different states, they have swings and slides and a little amusement park for kids, then there are vibrant shops selling bangles, clothes and a lot of other stuffs. The Ramlila that’s organised here has more modern approach, and the organisers use latest technologies to attract the young spectators. Remember, it’s going to be extremely crowded, all you need to be is a little cautious. But then, it’s going to be an amazing experience!

Subhash Maidan (Parade Ground)


Subhash Maidan or Parade Ground hosts Ramlila every year and is conducted by Shri Dharmik Lila Committee, which is amongst the oldest associations of Delhi. Here, if you get lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of eminent personalities who come here to be a part of the event. Another big pull here is the variety of mouth-watering street food served at the various stalls here!

Lal Qila Maidan (Red Fort Ground)


The Ramlila here is organised by the Luv Kush Ram Lila Committee, and is one of the most popular ones. If you want to meet some prominent Bollywood or television celebrities, come and experience the festivities here at Lal Qila Maidan, also known as the Red Fort Ground. The programme begins at around 7 PM in the evening, and is followed by myriad cultural events.

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra theatre lawns


This cultural institute is reputed for its presentation of Ramlila in the whole city. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra depicts scenes from the epic Ramayana, and trained artists perform the story in a musical and dramatic form. The entire performance is a beautiful blend of folk and classical music, dance and acting, which looks fantastic. The institute has been organising the event since 1957 and of late, the society has also started translating the programme in English language on big projector screens so that people visiting from other countries can also understand and enjoy the show. Though it’s a ticketed event, it’s totally worth it!
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