Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Some snaps of the Effigies of Ravana just before being lit up on Dushera

A few hours before the effigies of Ravan were to be consigned to flames, I took out my camera to capture the the handiwork of artists who had put in so much time in designing these huge effigies of Ravan, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran. Dushera marks the defeat of the trio by Ram. In India, Dushera is last day of Navratras, a period of fasting for all devout Hindus and on this day, everyone is in a festive mood, there are fairs everywhere, and of course those who have the time like to watch the burning of the effigies. These effigies, often filled with crackers are consigned to the flames erupting with the loud noise of the crackers inside, thus ending their brief existence, swaying before the wind. The first few snaps are of the effigies standing in an open field close to Leisure Valley Park, Gurgaon:
My second visit was to the Old D.L.F. area where there were even more colourful effigies standing resplendent staring haughtily towards the stands:
The most unique ones that I saw were at the Red-Cross grounds, they really had a leery look and seemed to have been designed really painstakingly!:

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