60-feet-tall Ravana effigy burnt at Salt Lake in Kolkata

USA Utah News

KOLKATA: Keeping up with its tradition of burning the tallest effigy in the tricity during Dussehra, the Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad Committee & Sanmarg burnt a 60-feet- tall Ravana effigy at the Central Park, Kolkata. The main objective of this event was to provide a vibrant interface between the citizens and the rich culture and traditions of West Bengal.
The program was attended by Sujit Bose, minister of state for fire; Vaishali Dalmiya, member of legislative assembly; Krishna Chakraborty, mayor of Bidhannagar; Vivek Gupta, ex-member of Parliament; Lalit Beriwala, president of Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad & many others.
The event witnessed thousands of devotees, who thronged the grounds to witness the annual ritual – the burning of an effigy of demon king Ravana. Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at homes or in temples all over India. They also organize outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of the demon king Ravana, which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Idols of goddess Durga are also immersed in water bodies.
Speaking about the event, Lalit Beriwala, president of Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad said, “We made special arrangements at Central Park ground to celebrate the victory of good over evil, besides burning of the 60-feet-tall effigy of a strongly built Ravana, we also organized a separate fireworks show during the event. We hired artists from various states to perform in the function. Apart from this, a series of rituals were performed before the burning of the effigy where over 25,000 people were present.”
About Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad:
Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad is an organisation dedicated to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged section of the society. We provide facilities like education, health and associated services to them through different ways like school, charitable dispensary, blood donation camp, book distribution program, marriage hall etc.

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