‘Ravan Dehan’ in Jammu, No Dussehra in Valley

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Dussehra marking the victory of good  over evil was celebrated today with religious fervour and gaiety across the Jammu region. Meanwhile, no such function was celebrated in Kashmir Valley owing to prevailing unrest.
The functions were held at different places in Jammu region where the effigies of demon King Ravan, his brother Kumbkaran and son Megnath were consigned to flames.
In Jammu, a grand function was organised by Sanatan Dharam Sabha (SDS) at Parade Ground here. Over 20,000 people attended the function at Parade and witnessed the torching of effigies of Ravan, Kumbkaran, Meghnath and Ravan’s Lanka.
The authorities had made elaborate security arrangements for the functions and a big contingent of police was deployed at Parade ground and on the roads outside to maintain total vigil in view of escalating tension on line of control.
Dussehra was also celebrated at Reshmgarh Colony where a large number of people witnessed the torching of effigies of Ravan, Kumbkaran and Meghnath. Besides, functions in connection with celebration of Dussehra were held at Ram Leela Ground Janipur and Patoli Mangotrian.
Reports from Rajouri said that Dussehra which is also known as Vijay Dashmi was celebrated with traditional religious fevour in the town and the effigies of Ravan and other demons were consigned to flames at Juhla bridge in the town. The function was organized by SDS Rajouri and the civil and police officers were present on the occasion.
A grand function was held at Mendhar in connection with celebration of Vijay Dashmi festival and a large number of people including those from majority community as well as other communities participated in it.
Reports from Kathua said that over 20,000 people thronged Ram Leela ground in the town to participate in the celebrations where the effigies of Ravan, Kumbkaran and Meghnath were consigned to flames. The Dussehra was celebrated at Basohli, Billawar, Bani, Hiranagar and other towns of Kathua district with fervour and enthusiasm.
A grand function was held at Sports Stadium Udhampur in connection with celebration of Dussehra. Thousands of people participated in
the celebrations where the effigies of Ravan, Kumbkaran and Meghnath were consigned to flames. Meanwhile, Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) which used to organize a Dusshera event at Polo Ground every year had to cancel the programe in view of the prevailing situation in the Valley.
After the exodus of Kashmir Pandits, the Dussehra celebration in the Valley was stopped. However, the celebrations were resumed in 2007. During the 2008 Amarnath land row the celebrations didn’t take place. It was celebrated in 2009 but the Samiti had to cancel functions during 2010 unrest and 2014 floods.
Apparently, the Kashmiri Pandit community is not disappointed at the cancellation of the celebrations since situation on the ground is tense.
“If situation would have been fine, people in thousands would have participated in the celebrations. When people don’t have food to eat, how could we celebrate,” Sanjay Tickoo President KPSS said.

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