40-ft Ravan effigy burnt at Godaghat


Nashik: Keeping up with its tradition of burning the tallest effigy during Dussehra, the Chatusampraday Akhada Trust burnt a 40-feet tall Ravan effigy at an open place near Ram Kund yesterday.

Amidst shouting of slogans ‘Siyavar Ramchandra Ki Jai’, the effigy of demon king Ravan was burnt at 7.30 pm in the evening in which thousands of devotees thronged the ground to witness this mega religious event.

Earlier in the evening, a procession featuring artists who dressed up as Lord Ram, Laxman, Hanuman, Ravan, Kumbhakarna and Vibhishan was taken out from Panchavati area before a battle between Lord Ram-Laxman and demon king Ravan, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad.

Artist Aditya Shinde performed the role of Lord Ram, while Rohit Kothawade played the role of Laxman, Vivekanand Ghodke (Hanuman), Choturam Adhalkar (Ravan), Raju Adhalkar (Vibhishan) and Vaibhav Avarkar (Indrajeet).

MLA Balasaheb Sanap, police commissioner Dr Ravinder Kumar Singal, Vinita Singal, DCP Laxmikant Patil, asst commissioner Vijaykumar Chavan, Mahant Krishnacharandas Maharaj and Bhakticharandas Maharaj were present among a large number of devotees.