Demon king Ravana gets ‘taller’, ready to be burnt at Patna Gandhi Maidan

Demon king Ravana gets ‘taller’, ready to be burnt at Patna Gandhi Maidan


PATNA: The ‘tall’ Ravana and his family are ready to be burnt at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday during Dussehra, marking the victory of good over evil.

This time, the effigy of Ravana will be 70-feet tall while the height of Kumbhkarn and Meghnad will be 65 and 60 feet respectively, officials said.

The Muslims artists from Gaya have burnt midnight oil for the past over a fortnight to give an attractive look to the effigies and its fireworks.

The burning will see attractive fireworks which will last for some 40 minutes. A special feature of the fireworks is that they will be eco-friendly.

Authorities have made adequate security arrangements in view of the traditional Ravan Vadh (slaying of the demon king Ravana) event to be followed by Lanka Dahan (setting afire of his Lankan kingdom) during the hour-long event which is attended by thousands of visitors.

According to official information, around 3,000 security forces have been deployed in and around the Gandhi Maidan while 17 watch towers have been erected around the venue to keep an eye on the visiting crowd.

The security has been beefed up in the light of 2014 incident when 32 people were killed in a deadly stampede during the programme. This time the time programme will begin from 4 PM and will be attended by many dignitaries.

As per reports, Ravan Vadh programme was first organized at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in 1955 and since then it has been continuing without fail except for three occasions when it was postponed.

The programme was not held in 1965 and 1971 in view of India-China and India-Pakistan wars while in 1975, it was postponed owing to the deadly floods.

According to Sri Dussehra Mahotsav Samiti chairman Kaman Nopani, the cost of the organizing the event has increased multi times during the past over six decades.

Earlier it cost only around Rs 500 but now it cost has shot up to Rs25 lakh (Rs2.5 million), a Sri Dussehra Mahotsav Samiti official said.

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