A different perspective.
Ravana abducted Ram’s wife, a crime for which he was killed by Ram himself. So says the Ramayana. The epic makes Ravana the archetypical villain. And since Ram is God for most Hindus, Ravan’s actions make him the Devil incarnate. This justifies the annual burning of his effigy on the Gangetic plains during the festival of Dassera.
“Corruption is all around us, omnipresent, almost like a distorted, antithetical version of God for the New Millennium.”
With Dassera around the corner, there’s a lot happening in the air. The painters are infusing life into the raw monsters, painting mustaches, giving jumbo like styles to the effigies, which keep emerging in the forms of Ravana, Kumbkarna and Meghnath. The artisans are working with perfection and speed to create Ravans of different-different “sizes” so that people could buy them and burn these effigies on the day of Dusshera or in other terms…
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