Mathura, 2019-10-07 (VT): This year’s Dussehra Celebrations in Mathura will witness the burning of a 72-feet-tall, eco-friendly Ravana effigy in Mahavidya Grounds. The effigy, made with cotton ropes, is two feet taller than last year and has absolutely no plastic.
The statue of Ahiravana (the son of sage Vishrava, and a brother of Ravana), which is also bigger than last year’s, is 68-ft-tall.
Dussehra, also known as Vijay Dashmi, will be celebrated tomorrow all over India. The festival marks the victory of good over evil which is signified by the killing of Ravana by Shri Rama. The Lord’s heroic feat is recounted every year with effigies of Ravana and his brothers being burnt across the country.
Preparations for the festival were going on in Mahavidya Grounds since the last one-and-a-half month. Despite problems caused by rain and water logging, 15-18 artists worked day and night to get the effigies ready in time for Dussehra.
Four generations of Chote Lal Farooqui’s family have been involved with the making of effigies for Dussehra Celebrations in Mathura and nearby villages/towns for almost a century now. 65-year-old Farooqui has also been invited to Agra, Jaipur, Faridabad, Delhi and Mumbai to showcase his craft.
Farooqui and his team of 15-18 workers are always present during the ‘Ravana Dahan’. Artists Imran and Saeed Ali say that they try to ensure that every year their creation is better than the previous one.