Traditional Ramleelas of Delhi, depicting the Ramayana stories associated with Lord Rama, are an annual affair before Dussehra festival and are hugely popular in the city.
Ramlila celebrations in Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in the national capital along with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have decided to go ahead with Ramila celebrations this year as COVID-19 cases in the city start falling. The party officials have stated that they will be taking precautionary measures during the Ramlila celebrations in order to curb the transmission of novel Coronavirus. It is to note that Ramlila is a depiction of Lord Rama’s journey when he was banished to forests for 14 years and his fight with Ravana, in the form of a play. According to a report by The Indian Express, the decision to continue with Ramlila celebration has been taken after a meeting at the Jhandewalan temple auditorium on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by party’s state president Adesh Gupta, Kulbhushan Ahuja Delhi, head of RSS along with the members of prominent Ramlila committees.
The report citing Gupta said after many suggestions that have been taken on whether to stage Ramlila or not, the committee believed it is possible to have celebrations like this with fewer people in the audience, just like it was organised on the Independence Day event at Red Fort. It was highlighted that Ramlila will be organised for a short time, and all the guidelines and precautionary measures required during the COVID-19 outbreak will be adhered to. Further, broadcasting the complete Ramlila online has also been suggested.
Delhi BJP assured all Ramlila committees that staging of Ramlila will not stop and they will take initiative for the talks at the administrative or state level. Further, BJP said that it stands with all the Ramlila committees, according to the report.
Every year, Ramlila is staged across Delhi ten days prior to the festival of Dussehra. A large number of crowd gathers at various places across the capital to watch Ramlila on many grounds. In 2019, when Ramlila events were taking place, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other politicians participated.