Ramlila organisers in Gurgaon have prepared gigantic effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna, which will be set ablaze on Thursday.
Like every year, the organisers of Dussehra at Leisure Valley Ground in Sector 29 are making final preparations to celebrate the festival. ‘Ravan dahan, the burning of the effigy of the demon king, has an underlying theme of the victory of good over evil.
Between Ramlila performances, the effigies will be raised and set on fire, followed by dazzling fireworks.
“Many of the participants in Ramlila come from Delhi. We have also set up a variety of food stalls. While we have been organising this event in the old city for several decades, we did not want the residents of the new city to miss out on the festivities. So we are organising the events in new Gurgaon as well,” Vikram Gupta, general secretary of Dussehra Utsav Ayojan Samati, said.
“We have spent over Rs 5 lakh to raise 90 feet effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad. We will also have an hour-long fireworks display,” Atul Goyal, president of the committee, said.
A 15-minute laser show and cultural programs by renowned artistes will also be organised, committee members added.
The multicoloured effigies add a rich tone to the surroundings in different parts of the city.
Residents of DLF Phase II, located near Privat Hospital, have erected 35-foot tall effigies and have invited artistes from Moridabad for the concluding Ramlila performance.
“Every year, artistes from Moridabad visit the city to perform the Ramlila. This is an age-old tradition. Members of our society also participate in the Ramlila,” Vinod Tayal, president of Nishkam Foundation in DLF Phase II, said.
Apart from new Gurgaon, the old city has also decked up in grand fashion to celebrate the festival.
“We have been celebrating this festival for the last 50 years, and this year, we have constructed 50-foot effigies, bigger than usual,” Raj Kumar Saini of Sree Durga Ramlila Committee from Jacobpura area, said.
Another famous venue is New Colony where around 1,000 people join the celebrations every year.
“The Geeta Bhawan Ramlila is being organised by a group of women since 1948. They have arranged Dussehra celebration on the ground in New Colony and will have 60-foot-tall effigies,” Surender Khullar, a member of New Colony Ramlila Committee, said.
“I am planning to visit several areas of the city with my children. I am hoping that they will able to learn more about our culture during this festive season,” Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Shushant Lok, said.