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'Trails of smoke on Dussehra evening effective against dengue mosquitoes'

punjab Updated: Oct 13, 2013 23:35 IST
Gurpreet Singh Mehak

Effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanath ended up in flames on Sunday marking the victory of truth over evil though leaving behind trails of smoke.

The effigies burning caused pollution, however much to our surprise, this pollution will prove beneficial to people in some respect, says the health department, which is dealing with a large number of dengue cases these days.

A doctor at the Fatehgarh Sahib civil hospital said "smoke mixed with gunpowder kills aedes mosquitoes that transmit dengue parasite into human body".

However, the concern for pollution failed to dampen the festive spirit among people who celebrated Dussehra on Sunday with religious fervour and gaiety. The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Mehgnatha were burnt at various places across the district.

"To commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana, this festival is observed every year," said Raj Kamal, a Dussehra ceremony organiser, at Bassi Pathana.

People in large numbers, especially children, thronged various grounds to witness the burning of the effigies. "I bring my daughters - Ishita and Harishta - every year to see effigy burning with an aim to inculcate in them the sense that good always prevails, so never take to the evil's path," said local resident Manoj Kumar Mehta.

Clash of egos

Owing to differences many organiseres split and burnt effigies separately. As per reports, the effigies were burnt at six separate locations.

The donations were collected from people for effigies and organising function by various organisers, but splits among organisers made them feel financially burdened.

Ranjit Kumar, a resident of Sirhind, said the people want to see one Ramlila in small towns, but ego clash among organisers, these were staged separately and people are compelled to donate money to oblige them.

The organisers collected money from eminent people by inviting them to grace the occasion as the chief guest.