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India burn effigies of legendary Sri Lanka king in Dussehra festival

Oct 12, 2016 08:41 AM GMT+0530 | 3 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Indians burned effigies of King Ravana and family members who according legend ruled Sri Lanka before migrants from the transformed the island into an Indianzied Hindu-Bhuddist culture like Burma, Thailand and other East Asian regions.

In the Dussehar festival effigies of King Ravana, who figures in the subcontinental epic Ramayana, his son Meghnada and brother Kumbakarna are burnt with great fanfare.

Also known as Lankeshwara, King Ravana is involved in a war with Lord Rama, after his wife Sitha was kidnapped and taken to Sri Lanka.

The legendary King Ravana is labelled an evil Raskshasa (demon). In legends found in the folklore and historical texts of Asian Indianized cultures including Sri Lanka, Indians who colonized the regions refer to native tribes as Raksha or Naga.

However followers of Ravana in India appealed for the practice of burning his effigy to end saying he was a great follower of Lord Shiva.

"Ravans was a great intellectual and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and therefore, the outfit appeals to the people to stop burning his effigies on the occasion of Dusshera," Mahesh Gauhar, president of Jai Lankesh Mitra Mandal, a group representing Ravana followers, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India, a news agency.

Indian media reports said this year effigies of terrorists related to Pakistan were added to the festivities. Pakistan is a country with a Majority of Muslim followers.

Until British created India, many parts of it including Delhi was ruled by so-called Moghul Emperors, descendants of Genghis Khan's adventures to Central Asia and Eastern Europe, who later converted to Islam. (Colombo/Oct12/2016)



  1. First Amendment October 12, 01:24 AM

    There is a difference in using evidence to support your story and or using evidence to create a new story. This is the difference between a reporter who covers, say something like the French Revolution or Charles Dicken's work The Tale of Two Cities.

    But in the absence of hard facts, substantiating them should be in the hands of the ones making the claims not the other way round.

  2. Ravana Fan October 12, 10:26 AM

    Not necessarily so. Until the British fund the ruins of Anuradhapura etc most people thought legends were false.When the British translated the Mahavamsa they first did not have evidence then they found evidence to say that some of it is based on fact.So there may be a kernel of truth in these. There was an India before the lron Age. Little is known about such cultures in Sri Lanka. Indeed there is some emerging evidence to show that iron smelting had taken place in South India as far back as 1,600 BC.

  3. First Amendment October 12, 09:55 AM

    These stories are just that, stories. Myths. They have no historical evidence supporting these events, but verbal traditions have carried them through. Robin Hood, King Arthur, The Hobbits and examples of the fine art of story telling that has differentiated the homo sapien species from other species.

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