Pakistani Hindus celebrate Dusshera sans torching Ravana effigies

November 14th, 2007 - 2:38 am ICT by admin  
Due to scarcity of space they celebrated Dussehra without burning effigies of Ravana, the Daily Times quoted Krishna Temple management committee general secretary Manohar Chand, as saying.

The Hindu community of Lahore had burnt Ravana’s effigies for the last time in 1976, the general secretary of the temple said.

“At that time Hindus used to burn the effigies on the bank of River Ravi,” he added.

The Hindu community of Lahore had offered prayers to their goddess for eight days, and celebrated the festival of victory of good over evil, Chand said.

“The ritual purifies souls and helps us get rid of our problems,” he said.

According to Hindu mythology, the ten-headed Ravana abducted Sita, Lord Ram’s consort. Ram went to war with Ravana to release his wife from captivity and killed the demon-king, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhkarna.

Ram’s victory over Ravana is described as the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated every year as Dussehra.

Dussehra is also interpreted as “Dasa-Hara”, which means the slaying of the ten heads of Ravana, denoting abdication of ten vices –passion, pride, anger, greed, infatuation, lust, hatred, jealousy, selfishness and crookedness. (ANI)

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