Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Jharkhand CM to lit effigy of Ravana at Ranchi on Dashami 

Height of effigy increased, Jamshedpur’s chhau, Silli’s Paika and Tamil Nadu’s fireworks major attraction 

Ranchi, Oct 2: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren would be the chief guest at the Ravan Dahan (immolation) program held on Dashami by the Punjabi Hindu Biradari at Morabadi ground in Ranchi.

This time on the occasion of 74th year the height of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath has been increased. The height of Ravana would be 70 feet, Kumbhakaran 65 feet and Meghnath will be 60 feet. Along with this, a symbolic Lanka will also be made this time which will be 30.

Chief guest of Ravan Dahan program will be Chief Minister Hemant Soren. This was confirmed by the media in-charge of the organizing committee, Arun Chawla. A delegation of the samity had met the chief minister on Saturday who accepted their invitation and offered best wishes for the Dashami.

Ravan Dahan took place for the first time in 1952 at Morabadi Maidan in Ranchi. In 1952  Late Ferozepur Punjab. Amir Chand Fatija started it by making a 10-feet effigy. Since then, Ravan Dahan has been done continuously in Morabadi ground. It was not organized only in the last two years due to Covid infection.

Silli’ famous Paika dance, Jamshedpur’s Chhau dance and Shivakashi Tamil Nadu’s fireworks will be the main attractions in this time’s Ravana Dahan program. Competitions of Paika, Chhau and Fireworks will be organized. The organizing committee will also honor the best performers.

After two years, again this time Dussehra will be celebrated in the historic Morhabadi ground of Ranchi. Its preparation is in full swing. Like every year, this time also the Punjabi-Hindu fraternity is preparing for Ravana Dahan. For the last 25 years, only Muslim artisans from Gaya have been making effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath.

These effigies are made under the leadership of Muslim. A total of 17 artisans work day and night in it out of which 12 are Muslims.

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