The Ramlila Maidan lies in the heart of Delhi, and is thus very easy to reach.
- By Metro: New Delhi, Chawri Bazar and Chandni Chowk are the nearest metro stations to the ground. From these, one can take a cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, or even walk the distance if the weather is good.
- By train: The New Delhi station is the nearest railway station to the ground. That said, the Old Delhi station isn't far also, being just four km away.
The Ramilila Maidan was formerly a pond. It was converted into a ground in the early 1930s to host the annual Ramlila, which was previously being staged behind the Red Fort on the flood plains. The Ramlila ground still has a small pond inside it as a remembrance of its past. It gradually became a spot to hold important public and political meetings.
The Ramlila Ground is known for hosting the Ramlila during the Dusshera festival. Also, the effigy of Ravana is burnt here every year to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
- 25 June 1975: Jayaprakash Narayan, an Indian independence activist and political leader, addressed a massive rally at the Ramlila Maidan against Indira Gandhi's government. He gathered over a lakh people to protest against Indira Gandhi, who had refused to resign even after the Allahabad High Court declared her guilty of violating electoral laws.
- February 1977: Just after Emergency was lifted, many anti-Congress leaders carried out a joint rally at Ramlila. It was led by several opposition leaders, such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Morarji Desai and Chandra Shekhar.
- 22 December 2010: An anti-corruption protest was held at Ramlila ground against the 2G spectrum scam, which made it to the second spot in the Time's list of Top 10 Abuses of Power.
- August 2011: The India Against Corruption movement of Anna Hazare, an Indian social activist, and his team for the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill to eradicate corruption took place here. Hazare began an indefinite hunger strike on the 20th, which attracted tens of thousands of supporters from across the country to the ground.
- 4 June 2011: Swami Ramdev, the famous yoga guru, held an indefinite hunger strike against corruption, which attracted over 65,000 supporters. On 6 June the Delhi Police used tear gas and practiced lathicharge at the crowd to vacate the ground, injuring 30 people on the day.
- 28 December 2013: The oath ceremony of the chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, took place in the ground and saw the presence of thousands of supporters of the AAP party. Also, six AAP MLAs swore in as ministers of cabinet.
- 26-27 November 2011: The Social Justice Conference, organized by a neo-social organization Popular Front of India at the Ramlila Maidan, witnessed the presence of thousands of supporters. The Muslim grand conference aimed to "Build the Nation on Justice" and demanded empowerment of the marginalized sections of India. The event was led by E.M. Abdul Rahiman, the chairman of the Popular Front of India.
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Last Updated on : January 2, 2014