Not Only News Service/Press Release: Keeping up with its tradition of burning the effigy in the tricity during Dussehra, the Sanmarg & Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad is all set to burn 10 Ravana effigy at the Central Park(Salt Lake), Kolkata on 19th October, 2018. Last year, a 60-feet tall effigy of Ravana was burnt by the committee.
The event is expected to draw thousands of devotees, who will throng the grounds to witness the annual ritual – the burning of an effigy of demon King Ravana. Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of the demon king Ravana, which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Idols of the goddess Durga are immersed in bodies of water.
Work began weeks in advance, with the men tying together bamboo sticks to form the framework of the faces, limbs and bodies. They were then covered by thermocol and cloth, and painted over. “They were separate pieces that we brought to the venue and attached later,” said one of the craftsman.
Speaking about the event, Shri. Lalit Beriwala, President of Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad said, “We have made special arrangements at Central Park ground to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Besides burning of the 10 effigy of a strongly built Ravana, we will be also organising a spectacular fire show during the event which has also been one of our major attractions every year. And for the first time we have organized a mass aarti of goddess Lakshmi. We have hired famous artists and groups (of India’s got talent fame) from various states to perform during the function. Apart from this, a series of rituals will be performed before the burning of the effigy around 7pm. We are expecting a turnout of over 15,000 people this year.”
“We have been organising this event since the last six years and people in thousands have thronged to see the grandeur. Our whole team works day and night to ensure that every aspect of the event is very well organised,” says Shri. Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Saltlake Sankritik Sansad.
About Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad:
Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad is an organisation dedicated to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged section of the society. It has been established 35 years ago and more than 50,000 residents of saltlake are attached with this organization . We are taking facilities like education, health and associated services to them through different activities like school, charitable dispensary, blood donation camp, book distribution program, marriage hall etc.