Muslim artisans add new taste to demon king Ravana effigy in Patna
PATNA: When the crowd reaches Patna’s Gandhi Maidan this evening to watch the demon king going up in flames, they will be startled to see the art of Muslims artisans this time.
A group of 15 Muslim artisans have brunt midnight oil for the past around a month to add new taste to the effigy of demon king Ravana and his two brothers.
The special feature of these statues is that they had been dressed in Rajsthani attire with a thin polythene cover over them to ensure they don’t melt even after rains lash the town.
Also, the effigy burning will leave no impact on the environment as cracker bursting will emit colourful paper rather than harmful smokes.
Further, the effigies have faces on the both sides so that people gathering on either side can feel that they are watching them from the front, authorities said.
This time, the height of Ravana is 70 feet while his brothers, Kumbhkarana and Meghnad are 65 feet and 60 feet tall respectively.
The effigy burning of Ravana symbolising the triumph of good over evil marks the culmination of the 1-odau Dussehra festival.
The effigy burning will take place in the evening for which massive security arrangements have been made taking a lesson from the past incident of stampede which left many dead.
Authorities said 10 watch towers and 70 CCTV cameras have been installed in and all around the Gandhi Maidan, the venue of Ravana burning, to keep a watch on the crowd movements.
Adequate lighting arrangements have also been made around the venue.
Apart from these, a heavy deployment of police force has also been made. They have been told to leave the ground only after the crowd moves out of the ground.