On Thursday, October 6 it was the end of the celebration of 8 nights. It’s called Dussehra. It is a bigger celebration in Bengal and Gujarat but you could see and feel the festivities all over. From Gwalior the previous nights you can hear music until late hours at night from down the city.
I love the festivities here and how much everyone is involved and how important they are in everyone’s lives.
We decided to go see a celebration (mela) in person. It is a celebration of good over evil. The victory of the Hindu god Rama over the demon King Ravana.
We found out a place lots of people in the city were going because they were burning two 100-feet tall demons. Sounded like something we’d never see again. So we headed that way around 6pm with a very friendly auto rickshaw driver, with whom we ended up spending most of our days later on.
This was the sight when we arrived. Lots of people, these huge ‘demons’ standing in the front of the field.
And then the fireworks started. We have never been so close to the fireworks. It is amazing how they do this. They have all these lights on (electricity) and then the fireworks coming from right there too (fire). All on the same stage just feet away from each other.
In the US this would never be possible.
If they were burning these huge massive statues they would have us stand I don’t know how far away, and never have lights and fire together. It would probably happen in the middle of the river with fire trucks all around for safety. We were standing almost all the way in the back of the place, maybe 1/4 of a mile back. So you can imagine how the people in front were so close of these demons with fire and fireworks… just few feet away.
For us, this was something so different that I don’t think we will never forget it. Even just thinking of how close we got to be to a huge fire started in a show with the fireworks.
This is another short video when the demons were burning down at the end.