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Sector 46 to have Chandigarh’s tallest Ravana effigy at 83 feet

Ravana’s effigies costing up to Rs 1 lakh have been erected at about 35 venues across the city.

punjab Updated: Oct 01, 2017 12:40 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Ifrah Mufti
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Dussehra,Dussehra celebrations,Ravana
The effigies of Ravana and Meghnad being installed at Sector 46 in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

In keeping with tradition, the Sector-46 ground will yet again have the tallest and most expensive effigies for Dussehra celebrations with Ravana’s effigy standing 83-feet tall, almost as tall as an eight-storey building, and those of Kumbhkarana and Meghnad measuring 77-feet each, built at a whopping 1.9 lakh.

Besides, Ravana’s effigies costing up to Rs 1 lakh have been erected at about 35 venues across the city. The nine-day Navaratras will come to an end with the towering effigies stuffed with crackers costing up to Rs 45,000 going up in flames on Saturday. The effigies’ height at other venues varies between 30 and 50 feet.

Jatinder Bhatia, chief patron of Sri Sanatan Dharam Dussehra Committee, Sector 46, said last year the three effigies cost Rs 1.7 lakh, and this year, the expenditure went up to Rs1.9 lakh. The event will begin at 4:30pm, with the effigies being lit by 6pm, he added.

Shahrukh, a contractor from Moga, who made the effigies for the Sector-46 event, said, “The effigies were made of bamboo, coloured paper, waste paper, cloth and crackers, that cost approximately Rs 2 lakh. It took us 15 days to make the three effigies.”

At the Sector-17 Parade Ground, Ravana’s effigy measuring 70 feet has been set up. Ravi Sehgal, secretary of the Ram Lila Committee, Sector 17, said, “We had spent Rs 1.5 lakh on the effigies last year. But this year, the effigies cost us approximately Rs 1.8 lakh. Similarly, the light and sound show, which cost Rs 2 lakh last year cost us about Rs 2.2 lakh this time.”

Among the key venues for Dussehra celebrations in Chandigarh are those at Sectors 17, 22, 24, 28, 27, 29 and 46.

BABA’s EFFIGY TO BE BURNT IN MOHALI

Dussehra Committee, Mohali, will burn a fourth effigy of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Phase 8. Every year, the committee burns a fourth effigy, along with the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnad. In the wake of the self-styled godman being caught on the wrong side of the law, they have decided to burn an effigy named ‘Baba’, said Madhu Bhushan, a committee member.

Bhushan said the idea behind burning the effigy was to create awareness among the residents to refrain from blindly following any person in the name of religion, adding that they had spent over Rs 7 lakh for the event.

Function at Panchkula to be streamed live on YouTube

The Dussehra function at Parade Ground, Sector 5, in Panchkula will be streamed live over YouTube to cater to a wider audience.

Organised by Shri Mata Mansa Devi Charitable and Development Trust, the event will witness effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnad, standing 55 to 60 feet tall, designed by Asgar Ali from Agra. Trust chairman Vishnu Goyal said there will be a special dandiya performance by artistes from Gujarat and several attractions, including a performance by folk singer Tau Tej Pal, had been arranged at a cost of nearly Rs 20 lakh.

“The function will go live on YouTube for people sitting at home,and will also be telecast on huge LED screens installed the Parade Ground,” he said, adding that the event will focus on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan and Swaran Jayanti celebrations of Haryana.

Haryana director general of police (DG) BS Sandhu and KK Khandelwal, additional chief secretary, Haryana, will be chief guests at the function.

First Published: Sep 30, 2017 12:18 IST