Kila Raipur village famous for ‘Rural Olympics’ and more recently as Bollywood’s favourite film shoot location is now gearing up to celebrate Dusshera festival, which is being organised in the village since last several decades.
This year about 200 non-resident Indians (NRI) from the village will also be able to see the festival despite being overseas thanks to Kila Raipur’s Facebook page –‘Kila Raipur world famous village’ conceptualised by a village youth Paramjeet Singh Grewal, through which both pictures and live video of the festival will be shared.
“Our NRI folks will surely appreciate the pictures and live video of Dusshera festival as many have been a part of this festival during their childhood days in the village and it will make them feel nostalgic,” said Singh.
Although traditional Ramleela is not organised here but being the only village in the area to organise Dusshera, it remains a cynosure and centre of attraction for one and all from nearby villages. In other words for locals, on the day of festival, all roads lead to Kila Raipur.
Krishna temple in the village is already busy with the preparations and following its annual tradition, it will come up with the effigy of Ravan.
However, no artisans are hired from outside and temple committee members along with volunteers from the village make their own effigy.
Interestingly, till the time effigy is completed, the committee prefers to keep the effigy preparation under wraps and it’s only by afternoon on the festival day that, the effigy is brought to the village grounds.
As of now, through 16 gurdwaras of the village, announcements to reach the festival venue are being made every morning and evening to ensure maximum participation.
Village sarpanch Kesar Singh said, “Usually, this festival is celebrated in cities and towns but our village has been celebrating this festival since last several decades.
Besides funds from temple committee, villagers also contribute money and extend their help in whatever way they can for successfully organising the fair every year.
Like always, since last few days we have started with making announcements through village gurdwaras.”
Adding further he said, “Our Dussherra celebration may not be on a very large scale, since we make just one effigy and it is not as grand as in cities, but we feel elated that our fair attracts many visitors from our village and several other villages, near and afar.”