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Effigies of entire Ravana clan are burnt in Almora during Dussehra

Last year, 26 effigies were burnt while this year seven new effigies have been added taking the tally 33 as some city neighbourhoods have started erecting more than one effigy of the family members of the Ravana, said local journalist Navin Bisht.

dehradun Updated: Sep 30, 2017 20:50 IST
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Almora is the only town in the country where 33 effigies of the family members of Ravana are burnt on Dussehra.
Almora is the only town in the country where 33 effigies of the family members of Ravana are burnt on Dussehra.(HT Photo)

Pithoragarh: Almora is the only town in the country where 33 effigies of the family members of demon king Ravana are burnt on the occasion of Dussehra.

Last year, 26 effigies were burnt while this year seven new effigies have been added taking the tally 33 as some city neighbourhoods have started erecting more than one effigy of the family members of Ravana, said local journalist Navin Bisht.

“Before burning, the effigies of the family members of Ravana are taken around the city in a procession accompanied by music bands, a spectacle watched by both residents and tourists,” he said.

Making effigies of the family members of Ravana other than traditional ones of Kumbhakarn and Meghnath, began in the town from 1975, when some more neighbourhoods wanted to take part in the festival by contributing effigies of other members of the family of Ravana slain by Lord Rama, said Prakash Joshi, chairperson of Almora Nagar Palika Parishad.

“The tradition that began with adding some more effigies to the procession, has today spread to every neighbouhood of the town and by doing so Almora has become a unique place in the country where almost each resident of the town is now associated with the festival of Dussehra,” he said.

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