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Vice President greets the nation on the eve of Dussehra

Urges to follow COVID-19 health protocols during Dussehra celebrations

DELHI, OCTOBER 24: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the nation on the eve of Dussehra. In his message, he urged everyone to follow COVID-19 health protocols while celebrating Dussehra.

Following is the full text of the message-

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.

Celebrated with great fervor and zeal all over the country, Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil and celebration of the annihilation of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. The festival reminds us of the pious, virtuous and noble life led by Lord Rama, who is an ideal son, ideal husband and ideal king and an embodiment of righteousness, truth and morality.

Various celebrations are part of this festival including Durga Puja, Ayudha Puja, Shami Puja, Gauri Puja, burning of effigy of Ravana, Bathukamma and Sirimanu.

Dussehra is an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. But this year, due to COVID-19 pandemic, I urge my fellow citizens to celebrate Dussehra in a modest way by strictly adhering to COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols.

May this festival bring peace, harmony, good health and prosperity in the nation.”

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