Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi when they joined thousands of people to celebrate Dussehra.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari led the celebrations at Subhash Maidan in north Delhi in the presence of PM Modi, Dr Singh and Mrs Gandhi.
Addressing the gathering in Hindi, President Mukherjee said the day symbolises victory of good over evil.
Before ‘Ravan Dahan’ when Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran are burnt in effigies, the dignitaries released white pigeons – considered symbol of peace.
Before reaching the dais, the leaders lit the ceremonial lamp.
They were also presented with traditional weapons such as bow and arrow, sword, trident and mace by the organisers.
They also enjoyed the final act of Ram Lila where Ravan is killed in battle with Lord Ram.