The festival Dussehra is celebrated all over Chandigarh with great enthusiasm and passion. Ramleela is organized in different sectors to portray Ramayana, the saga of good over evil. Ultimately on the day of Dussehra, the statue of Raavan is burnt to bring the evilness to an end. What’s new this time is the Biggest Raavan in Panchkula-215-foot effigy of the demon king On Display
Furthermore, this year the Barara festival will no longer be witnessed at Ambala. Shri Ramlila Club authorities have decided to shift the whole of the festival events to Panchkula. Shortage of space as the main reason they have cited, the festival will be celebrated at Shalimar ground in Sector 5 of Panchkula.
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Tejinder Chauhan who is the president of the Club said that they are extremely sad about it. For the past 31 years, the club has been organizing the event which is attended by thousands of people. And there’s no dedicated ground to host the events, this has remained a big problem ever since they have been organizing it.
The effigies of Ravana are made taller every year. The club is making the statues since 1987. When it was initially organized, it was only 20-foot tall. The effigy has successfully made it to the Limca Book of Records five times in a row for its incredible height. The effigy parts are recycled every year and last year the club managed to save parts that cost around Rs 6 lakh.
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Crackers were placed on the effigy so that the face, sword and the decorative items on the crown weren’t damaged. This helps the club to keep pace with the GST which increases the effigy cost every year. Three years ago, the firefighter was deeply injured as some parts of the effigy fell on him, and the club members have raised concerns about the same and took a stern decision of not organizing the event if they didn’t get the proper ground from then.
This time, the effigy claimed to be the world’s tallest will be on display for five days, unlike every year. It’s designed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh by using 20 quintals of iron frame, 7000 kilograms of bamboo, 200 kilograms of gum, 600 kilograms of paper and cloth. Though Dussehra is celebrated on October 19, the huge effigy will be on display from October 15, 2018 onwards. The club will deploy proper security all around the venue. Further, eco-friendly crackers worth Rs 5 lakh have been specially sourced from Sivakasi for the event. However, this year there won’t be effigies of Kumbhkaran, Meghnath but only Ravana’s effigy will be burnt.
The event also has the full support of Barara, Mata Mansa Devi Charitable Trust, and Adarsh Ramlila Dramatic Club. With so much effort being made to design the effigy, the Raavan would definitely steal the show in Panchkula Dusshera Mahotsav 2018.