PRESS RELEASE/Kolkata: Keeping up with its tradition of burning the tallest effigy in the tricity during Dussehra, the Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad Committee burnt a 60-feet tall Ravana effigy burnt at the Central Park(Salt Lake), Kolkata. The event was attended by:Sri. Sabyasachi Dutta, Mayor of Bidhannagar; Sri. Sujit Bose, Member of Legislative Assembly; Smt. Vaishali Dalmiya, Member of Legislative Assembly; Sri. Lalit Beriwala, President of Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad & many others. Last year, an 50-feet tall effigy of Ravanawas burnt by the committee; this year however even the effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhakaran are about 50 feet tall. The main objective of this event was to provide a vibrant interface between the citizens and the rich culture & tradition of West Bengal.
The event witnessed thousands of devotees, who throng the annual ritual – the burning of an effigy of demon king Ravana. Many people of the Hindu faith observed Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the God at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of the demon king Ravana, which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Idols of the goddess Durga are immersed in bodies of water.
Speaking about the event, Lalit Beriwala, President of Salt Lake Sanskritik Sansad said, “We had made special arrangements at Central Parkground to celebrate the victory of good over evil, Besides burning of the 60-feet-tall effigy of a strongly built Ravana, we have also organized a separate fire show during the event. We had hired artistes from various states to perform during the function. The fireworks continued for about 45 minutes. 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 are taking facilities like education, health and associated services to them through different activities like school, charitable dispensary, blood donation camp, book distribution program, marriage hall etc.