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Dussehra 2021: Ravana worshipped in Kanpur temple

By Rajan Nath -- October 15, 2021 3:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Dussehra 2021: In a rare instance seen anywhere in the country, Ravana is being worshipped in a temple in Kanpur on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami on Friday.

"This temple was built in 1868. Dashanan (Ravana) temple is situated on the premises of Kailash temple. This (Dashanan) temple gates open only once in a year, that is, on Dussehra," said its priest Chandan.

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A temple where Ravan is worshipped on Dusshera - The Statesman

Devotees visiting the temple offer prayers with the belief that Ravana is an astute scholar and a brave warrior.

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Even as the rest of India prepares to burn effigies of Ravan as a symbolic victory of good over evil devotees are quietly lining up outside a nondescript temple in Kanpur

They believe Ravana had mastery over all the 10 'Mahavidyas' (great wisdom) and was the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva.

"Ravana was the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva. That is why to impress Goddess Shakti, Ravana temple was created here as her security guard," said KK Tiwari, a devotee.

Dussehra: People worship Ravana at Dashanan temple in Kanpur

Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami, according to the Hindu calendar is celebrated on the 10th day after the nine days of Navratri festivities in the month of Ashvina.

The nation is celebrating Dussehra 2021 making Ravana effigies which will be burnt in the evening.

-PTC News