Burning of demon King brings cheers on Jalore artisans in Jaipur

November 14th, 2007 - 2:37 am ICT by admin  
Jaipur, Oct.21 (ANI): As a big number of effigies of demon King Ravana, brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghnatha were burnt across the country on Sunday evening, many artisans from Jalore took a big sigh of relief having met the huge local demand here.

Hundreds of artisans from Jalore District, camping in Jaipur for past one month to make effigies, were relieved of a hectic schedule that kept many of them on their toes and burn the mid-night oil ahead of Dussehra festival.

For the last few days before Dussehra, the city known for its festivities and historical forts, looked like as if it turned into a colony of demon Kings, as many effigies could be spotted all around in various sizes, hues and designs.

According to the artists, they have earmarked “Ravan Ki Mandi” or teh Ravana market for their seasonal products by selling which they are able to earn their daily bread. Rest of the year, these artisans prepare mats back at their homes in Jalore.

“We have been making Ravana for the past few years. This has been feeding our families as well as customers also feel good buying from here. The main season lasts for only ten days but we start making effigies one month ahead of the festival,” said Hariji Ram, a maker of Ravana’s effigy from Jalore.

This year, the demand has been quite high over the past one week as compared to previous years.

Purchased by individual families, these effigies are burnt at their respective homes as a grand finale to the Dussehra celebrations.

One could purchase as small as a two-feet high to a 100-feet tall effigy. The demand remained high and till Friday, a day ahead of Dussehra), around 2,000 effigies had already been sold by these Jalore artistes alone.

“It is called Ravana Market and you get an effigy as low as rupees 50 and make the purchases according to one’s pocket. Moreover, since my house is nearby, it is easy to carry on “Ravana” in a taxi to home,” said Jagdish Sharma, a customer.

Though the custom has been to burn the effigy of Ravana at a public place, many people for the past couple of years, have preferred to burn the effigies of Ravana at their homes, making it a private affair.

“This place has become a primary centre of buying Ravana. The artists have been sitting here for the past four to five years. All like to buy from here. One finds good option with readymade Ravana, which even saves time,” added Sunder Sharma, another customer. (ANI)

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