Effigies of self-styled godmen were burnt at a few places along with the effigies of Ravana and others to symbolise the victory of good over evil as Dussehra was celebrated across Punjab and Haryana.
Dusshera festivities were held amid tight security arrangements at all places.
The effigies of babas or self-styled godmen were included among the effigies of Ravana and others this time to highlight the wrong-doings of these babas who take people for a ride in the name of religion.
On some of the effigies of godmen, the photograph of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the disgraced chief of Dera Sacha Sauda sect who was recently convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for rape of two female disciples, was put up.
A festive spirit prevailed at all places, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur (all in Punjab); Ambala, Hisar, Rohtak and Karnal (all in Haryana) and in Chandigarh.
In Haryana, the tallest Ravana at 210 feet was put up at Barala near Ambala, about 65 km from here.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh attended the Dussehra celebrations at Pathankot town in north Punjab.
In Chandigarh and adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali, the effigies were burnt at a number of locations. The tallest effigy of Ravana in the tri-city was set on fire in Sector 46 of Chandigarh.
Religious processions, depicting the victory of good over evil, were also taken out at most places.