Happy Dussehra, Dear Reader
You may feel a little offended with the title but seriously I don’t care about it. There is a reason why I chose this title. Every year the whole country celebrates Dussehra and people are so excited to see Raavan getting burnt. Yes he did a mistake of Kidnapping Maa Sita but even our Lord Ram forgave him in the end. But we people keep burning him. He kidnapped Sita and he’s burned every year but there are even bigger Ravans in our country in the form of rapists, smugglers. corrupt officers and many more people. But let’s not indulge in that, I am writing this article to focus on the real Genuine Raavan. Since Raavan is believed to be born in India and also he is Son-in-Law of India, he’s not yet forgotten by few Indians in good cases. As everyone knows nobody was more knowledgeable than he was. That’s the reason I am going to show you few places in India where he is still worshipped.
1. Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
In the Chikhli village of Ujjain District, it is believed that the whole village will be destroyed if Ravana is not being worshipped. That’s why instead of being burnt, Ravana is worshipped on Dussehra. A mammoth idool of Ravana has been installed in the village.
2. Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh)
Legend is that Ravana was Son-in-Law of Mandsaur as Mandodari’s hometown was Mandsaur. There is a big idol of Ravana installed in Rundi named area of Mandsaur.
3. Amravati (Maharashtra)
The tribals of Amravati worhsip Ravana and Meghnaad(Ravana’s Son) as god in their special festival of Falgun.
4. Bisrakh (Uttar Pradesh)
Ravana is believed to be born in Bisrakh village near Ghaziabad. There a temple of Ravana is being built.
5. Kakinaad (Andhra Pradesh)
The fishers community of Andhra Pradesh worships Ravana alongwith Lord Shiva in the temple situated at Kakinaad.
6. Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Some people believe that this was the in-laws’ house of Ravana while others believe that Ravana’s descendants came here after Ravana’s death. People of Jodhpur consider themselves as Ravana’s descendants.
7. Kangda (Himachal Pradesh)
It is believed that Ravana worshipped Lord Shiva by standing on one foot at Kangda. A foot mark was found where the temple is situated and also the the pool of fire in which Ravana sacrificed his nine heads was found near the same place. So, even the thought of setting Ravana on fire is considered a sin. So doing so might get your life in danger.
8. Kolar (Karnataka)
People worship Ravana during crop festival. Lankeshwar Mahotsav is celebrated where a procession of Ravana’s idol alongwith Lord Shiva is the point of attraction.
9. Itawa (Uttar Pradesh)
In Jaswantnagar of Itawa district, Ravana is not burnt on Dussehra, instead he is beaten down until broken into small parts and then those small parts are taken to home by villagers. Last rites of Ravana is also performed after 13 days of his death.
10. South India
Ravana is given special treatment in South India because of his qualities of a Philosopher, Shiva Worshipper, a very knowledgeable person. They consider Ravana’s burning procession as the procession of bad qualities.
All these places have deep knowledge of Ravana’s wisdom. That’s the reason they value him. I think that was pretty long article but overall it was exciting from my side.
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