Muslim craftsmen make effigy of Ravana in Varanasi

October 16th, 2010 - 6:51 pm ICT by ANI  


By Girish Kumar Dubey

Varanasi, Oct.16 (ANI): Ahead of the Dussera festival,
artisans belonging to the Muslim community are preparing a giant effigy of
Ravana in Varanasi.

Along with, Ravana, gigantic effigies of his brother
Kumbhakarna and son Meghnath are also created and burnt to culminate the
ten-day Dussera festival.

Craftsmen said over 60 to 80 feet effigies of Ravana and his
family members are being made and about one lakh rupees are spent.

“Here we have created 80 feet effigy of Ravana, 70 feet tall
Meghnath (Ravana’s son) and Kumbhkarna (Ravana’s brother) of 60 feet. The cost
in making these is about one lakh rupees,” said Sajjad Khan, a craftsman.

Labourers working on the effigies said that they are working
on these gigantic structures since a month.

“We don’t consider religion as a barrier in offering our
services. It is an occasion of communal harmony and we are very excited to
contribute by making these effigies and despite being Muslims do the work of
Hindus,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, a craftsman. (ANI)

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