AKOLA: Whereas the effigies of Ravan are burnt on the event of Dussehra throughout the nation, a small village in Maharashtra’s Akola district worships the demon king.
The custom of worshipping Ravan for his “intelligence and ascetic qualities” has been occurring in Sangola village right here for the final 200 years, declare locals.
A tall black stone statue of the demon king, with 10 heads and 20 arms, stands on the centre of the village the place locals revere him.
Speaking to PTI on Sunday, native temple priest Haribhau Lakhade stated whereas the remainder of the nation burns effigies of Ravana on Dussehra, symbolising the victory of fine over evil, residents of Sangola worship the demon king for his “intelligence and ascetic qualities”.
Lakhade stated his household has since lengthy been worshipping Ravan and claimed the happiness, peace and contentment within the village is due to the Lanka king.
Some aged residents of the village hail Ravan as a “scholar” and imagine he kidnapped Sita for “political causes and preserved her sanctity”, native resident Mukund Pohre stated.
Whereas the villages imagine in Lord Ram, in addition they think about Ravan and do not burn his effigies, he stated.
Guests from throughout the nation come to this tiny village on Dussehra yearly to catch a glimpse of Ravan’s statue and a few even supply prayers, he added.
This 12 months, the festivities within the village are low-key within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakhade stated.