After 18 years, Srinagar witnesses burning of Ravana’s effigy

November 14th, 2007 - 2:37 am ICT by admin  
Kashmiri Hindus celebrated the Dusshera festival here with hundreds of local Muslims and some separatist leaders joining the celebration.

Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) restarted the celebration of Dusshera in Kashmir valley as per the age-old tradition by burning the effigy of Ravana, his brothers- Meghnath and Kumbhakaran.

The last Dusshera festival was held in the year 1987 at Iqbal Park.

According to KPSS they had not migrated from the valley, and to show their presence to the world they decided to start the age-old traditions and religious functions.

Large number of pandits who had migrated from valley also attended the celebrations.

After the mass migration of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir in the 1990s, Dusshera festival was not celebrated here. But now with the situation in Kashmir improving, Hindus have decided to celebrate the festival again. (ANI)

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