08 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: We all know that the festival of Dussehra is the celebration of victory of good over evil-the day on which the ten-headed, twenty-armed demon king of Lanka, Ravan was slain by Hindu God Lord Rama.
Truly speaking, India is a country of diversities and you will be surprised to know that there are places with temples dedicated to the demon king where he is worshipped.
We will take you on a tour of these temples.
1. Ravan Mandir, Bisrakh, Uttar Pradesh
Villagers of Bisrakh which comes under Delhi New Capital Region (NCR) in Greater Noida believe their village to be the birthplace of Ravan and have a temple dedicated to the demon king.
They believe that their village has been named after Ravan's father Vishrava rishi. Even a signage welcomes at the village welcomes you to the birthplace of Ravan.
The village has a tradition of observing mourning for Ravan-The Maha Brahman on Dussehra. The village does not host Ramlila or Ravan Dahan on Dussehra, the day Ravana was killed by Ram.
2. Ravangram Ravan Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Ravanagram village is in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh.The entire village is dedicated to the demon king Ravan.
The village has a ten-foot-long reclining statue of demon king of Lanka.
This temple is said to be the brainchild of Kanyakubja Brahmins.The reason being Ravan is believed to belong to this sect of Brahmins.
The villagers worship Ravan as 'Lord Lankesh'. The residents do not celebrate Dussehra nor burn effigies of the demon king.
It is believed that if the statue of the demon king was to stand, great calamity would strike the village.
3. Ravan Temple, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
This temple dedicated to Ravan is situated the coastal city of Kakinada.
The temple celebrates the demon king's respect and admiration for Lord Shiva. Ravan and Lord Shiva co-exist in the temple.
4. Dashanan Ravan Temple, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
This temple which is said to celebrate Ravan's knowledge and strength opens only on the occasion of Dussehra.
On this day followers and believers storm the temple to pay home to their hero.
5. Ravan Rundi, Mandsaur district, Madhya Pradesh
Ravan is worshiped at Ravan Rundi in Mandsaur town in Madhya Pradesh.
Members of the Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj worship the demon king on Dussehra and believe Ravan’s wife Mandodari belonged to the town and they regard him as a son-in-law.
A 35-foot high ten-headed Ravan statue was installed in 2005 at Ravana Rundi in the Khanpur area of Mandsaur.
A 25-foot high lime and brick ancient idol of Ravana existed there till 1982. It developed cracks due to lightning and was ultimately destroyed.