Saturday, October 24, 2015

Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan

Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
This is the concluding post of the series Durga Puja 2015. I had planned to pandal hop in Haldia and bring before you the best of puja pandals from the petrochemical city. But due to curtailed Durga Puja days this time, I could manage to reach Haldia only after the Vijayadashami to find mostly vacated pandals and ongoing processions of Durga idol immersion of various puja committees. Thousands of people from and outside the city gather near river bank to witness the ritual of idol immersion coated with spectacular carnival vibe. I was kind of impatient to wait by the river and realized that being solo wasn't the best idea either for such festive event. So, I had awful biryani (that's another story) for dinner and drove to a fair ground where Ravan's effigy was waiting to get burnt. I hadn't seen a real life Ravan Dahan before and yesterday night I was totally game for it. Wait, let me put it in an honest way- my enthusiasm behind watching the Ravan Dahan, i.e. burning the effigy of Ravan was not to celebrate the triumph of good over evil but to enjoy the pure fire-show. I least believe in the prototyping of Ravan and Ram as 'evil' and 'good' respectively. But as long as the fanaticism doesn't harm lives I'm fine with the entertainment.
Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
The single-headed effigy of Ravan waiting alone in a corner of the fair ground.

Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
Rockets have been launched once and fire crackers are balancing the rhythm.

Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
A swarm of rockets heading to the effigy while a group of youngsters expresses unbound joy!

Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
The colossal effigy of Ravan is on fire and "Ravan Dahan" made these folks so happy!
As a symbolization of the victory of good over evil, the effigy of Ravan (also spelled as 'Ravana' or 'Raavan') is burnt on Vijayadashami at many places in India. Ravan is the great antagonist of the Hindu epic Ramayana, the invincible ruler of the ancient Lanka who had crossed his limits by kidnapping Sita, the wife of Rama. Ravan was an extraordinarily talented and powerful character. It is such a shame that majority of us who cherish at Ravan Dahan every year recognize him as nothing more than an immoral demon with ten heads! During Navratri, in most of the parts of India, "Ram Lila" is organized everyday in the evening for ten consecutive days. The "Ram Lila" play re-enacts sequences and events from the Ramayana, depicting the life of Ram and dramatization of Ram vs Ravan battle concluding with Ravan Vadh (killing of Ravan by Ram). On tenth day of the play (Ram Lila), i.e. on the auspicious day of Dussehra/ Vijayadashami, the epic battle between Ram and Ravan is staged and its ending is familiar to all of us. As soon as Ravan is defeated in the play, colossal effigy of ten-headed Ravan, internally packed with crackers and sparklers is set on fire by an arrow to mark the climax of Dussehra. Spectators enjoy per se the visual grandeur of Ravan Vadh or Ravan Dahan, and return home with revamped optimism- No matter how ugly the situation gets, good always wins over evil.
Durga Puja 2015 - Dussehra Celebration with Ravan Dahan
Last few minutes of music and salsa before the immersion of idol inside a Durga temple in Haldia

9 comments:

  1. Nice description and captures............ Thanks for sharing................

    Natureram
    Nutriram

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    1. Thanks Debopam. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali! :)

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    1. Thanks Paresh. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

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    1. Thanks Arun. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

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  4. A good one there. You are really good at the art of story telling Anunoy! Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks a ton Gopi. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali! :)

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