- PM Modi took aim with bow at Ravana's effigy as symbolic gesture
- He drew the string of the bow, but failed to make the shot twice
- When he realised the bow was broken, the PM threw the arrow with his hand
But it was not meant to be.
As the PM drew the string of the bow, the shot failed. Undeterred, the PM tried again, only to realise that the bow had broken.
Thinking quickly, the PM then threw the arrow with his hand like a javelin, a smile on his face.
On stage next to Mr Modi were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Ram Nath Kovind.
"I urge everyone to 'sankalp' of positive contribution for the nation by 2022, when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence," PM Modi added.
Speaking after the PM, President Kovind said Lord Ram's values are still extremely relevant for humanity today.
Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is a festival that celebrates Lord Ram's victory over Ravana and the triumph of good over evil.