History of Rashtriya Ramleela Mela
According to the legend, there was a king named Dasaratha who had three wives. None had any child. However, later with the blessings of a sage Queen Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Rama, Queen Kaikeyee gave birth to Bharata and Queen Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
Lord Rama grew up to be a young gentleman and he married Sita, daughter of king Janaka. The extreme jealous step-mother of Sri Rama Kaikeyee imposed upon King Dasaratha a promise. This led Rama to depart for 14 long years. Sita and Lakshmana also went with him. One day Sita saw a golden deer and was allured by the beauty of it. She demanded for it, and in order to keep her request Lord Rama went deep inside the forest and he was followed by his brother. In the meantime, the demon Ravana abducted Sita. Lord Rama along with the help of Lord Hanuman and others waged a war and rescued Sita. He also killed the demon Ravana. The killing of Ravana is of primary importance to the people. They celebrate it as an auspicious occasion with merriment and delight. The people of Madhya Pradesh celebrate this occasion as Rashtriya Ramleela Mela.
Celebrations of Rashtriya Ramleela Mela
Rashtriya Ramleela Mela is renowned in a various parts of Madhya Pradesh representing the killing of the wicked Ravana and the evil forces. It is typically held throughout the months of September or October. Gigantic crackers and bombs are burnt along with the statue of Ravana which gave a new length to this festival. It is like removal of the evil forces from nature. The festival thus represents the warding off the evil forces of nature and invoking the good ones.
There is Gwalior airport which is at a space of 8 km from the central city. There are many travel agencies which fly to and fro from different cities including Agra, Delhi, Bhopal, Indore, Varanasi, Jaipur and Mumbai. The main airport which is associated for international travelers is the Delhi Airport which is 319 far from Gwalior.
There is a very good availability of the bus services in Gwalior which is linked by both state owned and personal buses accessible in all classes which travel to and fro from all the major cities. There are A/C tourist buses also available from Agra, Indore, Jaipur and Delhi which charges very less rates per kilometer. The Gwalior Railway station is the major railway station which connects to and fro from various cities with the easy accessibility of trains. The station is located in the main city.
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