Thursday, October 22, 2015

Places where Ravana is worshiped

Places where Ravana is worshiped 
some unknown facts about ravana

Ravana, the demon god, may be considered a symbol of evil, where his effigy is burnt on Dussehra year-onyear to indicate the victory of good over evil.However, he is also been described as a follower of Shiva, a great scholar, a capable ruler and a maestro of the veena in the holy books.His arrogance and desire to overpower devas made him a flawed hero. However there are a few communities and places where the demon king is worshipped. These are...KANPUR, UTTAR PRADESH
Hundreds of Ravan worshippers throng every year during Dussehera to the 140-year old Dashanan Temple at Kanpur. The temple is dedicated to Ravana and is opened once every year on the occasion of Dussehra. It is believed that Ravana was a follower of Lord Shiva, thus the temple is built adjacent to Lord Shiva's temple in Shivala area of the city. Every year, the statue of Ravana is first washed with milk and garlanded before the traditional aarti.

In Mandsaur, Ravana is hailed as a son-in-law by Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj, a sect which believes that Ravana's wife Mandodari belonged to their place. In some places of Vidisha, Ratlam and Indore districts, the effigy of the 10-headed demon king is welcomed, and not burnt. So much so, a village in Vidisha district is even called Ravangram. Earlier, Ravana was worshipped during marriages, but for the last few years, the village have started worshipping him on Dussehra as well.

It is believed that Ravana spent his childhood in this village, just 30km from the national capital, which was founded by sage Vishrava, who also built a Shiva temple nearby.

Villages of the tribal-dominated areas of Melghat (Amravati district) and Dhanora (Gadchiroli district) worship the demon king Ravana and his son Meghnad during Dusshera. And the tradition has been followed for generations of the Korku and Gond tribes. During the festival of Phagun, at the time of Holi, the Korku tribals perform the puja of Meghnad.

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