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A festival that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, Dussehra, has been celebrated by almost everyone in Bharat for over hundreds of years now. Sharing a bit about their past experience of the grand celebrations of the festival, Zee TV actors

like Pooja Banerjee from Kumkum Bhagya, Krushal Ahuja from Rishton Ka Manjha, Ashi Singh from Meet, Parull Chaudhry from Bhagya Lakshmi and Sapna Thakur from Kyun Rishton Mein Katii Batti mentioned how meaningful and important the festivities of Dussehra been in their lives.

Pooja Banerjee who plays the role of Rhea in Zee TV's Kumkum Bhagya reveals, "Dussehra is a festival that I absolutely enjoy.  In fact, when I was a kid, I used to have double the fun as we would have the Navami Puja at our family Durga Puja pandal, after which I would sneak out to play garba with my friends secretly. Those were truly fun days. Sadly, I've not been able to do that since a couple of years, and this year, I doubt if the celebrations will take place on such grand scale in all its glory. Either way, I urge everyone to stay safe and wish them a very happy and prosperous season of festivities."

Krushal Ahuja who plays the role of Arjun in Zee TV’s Rishton Ka Manjha mentions, “The advantage of staying in Kolkata is watching the wonderful Durga Maa’s immersion ceremony taking place during Dussehra. It’s quite an amazing experience because you go through a riot of emotions, with a part of you which is morose because Durga Maa is going and a part of you is hopeful to see her again next year. I’ve spent my childhood visiting the ghats seeing people dancing and enjoying the drumbeats, while seeing off Maa Durga on Dussehra. In fact, I feel even if I settle down in another city, I’ll carry every ounce of its memory in my soul even if I don’t get to visit the city during Puja. This festival and the celebrations truly warm my

heart and wish everyone a Happy Dussehra.”

Parull Chaudhry who plays the role of Karishma in Zee TV’s Bhagya Lakshmi adds, "I must say that I absolutely love Dussehra, and I have a lot of childhood memories associated with the festival. I still remember, when I was staying in Delhi, we used to go to several Ram Leelas every time year and we would watch it in its entirety. The stage actors would enact the entire story and finally, this huge Ravan figurine that was built specifically for the last day of the festival would be burnt down with firecrackers! The actor playing Ram would lead the proceedings by firing a burning arrow to set fire to the effigy. It would be greeted with loud cheers from the crowd. In fact, there was also a local fair from which we used to shop a lot. We used to buy bows and arrows and maces usually! It was truly a very wholesome experience, and Dussehra would bring the entire colony together. I still remember the walks to the Ram Leela grounds where we used to form separate groups consisting of the kids, the women and the men. How could I forget all the chaat items, savoury items, and sweets we used to eat! We used to really look forward to

this time of the year and I would like to tell all my fans that Dussehra is all about the victory of good over evil. So, in case you're feeling low because of negative emotions, or you are feeling that nothing is going your way, then try having a positive outlook towards life and try to keep yourself surrounded by positive people. Try to stay away from people who generally tend to pull you down and find faults in whatever you do. Life is beautiful, so just remember that there are both sad and happy periods. It's a cycle and you have to keep going and never give up! Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Dussehra."

Sapna Thakur who plays the role of Samaira in Zee TV’s Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti reveals, "Ever since I came to Mumbai, I haven't been able to experience Dussehra in its grandest form here yet. But in Chandigarh, the festival is celebrated

in a pretty glorious manner. In fact, twenty days before the main festival, we celebrate Ram Leela with our close ones too, and I have a number of warm memories associated those days. I remember all of us would meet together in the cold weather and experience the festivities together all night long while munching peanuts and other snacks. On the final day of Ram Leela when "Ravan Dahan" would take place, grand "melas" would also be set up and the ten-headed idol of Raavan would be set in flames. I was quite young the last time I visited that "mela" and I remember getting lost amongst the crowds. But overall, I’ve had great fun during Dussehra till now and I wish everyone a happy season of festivities."

Ashi Singh who plays the character of Meet Hooda in Zee TV's Meet says, "The win of good over evil – I feel this thought behind Dussehra is very strong and holds a lot of meaning even in contemporary scenarios. We also learn from the history of

these festivities how with the virtue of patience; everything can be achieved. The essence of the festival also highlights how an individual is on the right path as long as he adheres to his core morals and values. While I have several memories of the

festival, I wish this festive season would bring more joy, happiness and positive vibes into everyone’s life."


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