Ayodhya: As Ram and Ravana have become synonymous with Dussehra, in the same vein one cannot imagine Ram without Ayodhya. While the whole nation will celebrate Dussehra by burning magnificent effigies of Ravana, the birth place of Lord Ram will celebrate the festival without Ravan-vadh.

The administration’s refusal to allow burning of Ravana mannequins citing security concerns has sent a wave of anger and disappointment among the Ayodhya natives. Though killing of Ravana will be staged during the Ramlila, the symbolic tradition of burning the effigy of demon would not be marked.

With resentment prevailing among the religious personalities, some saints have decided to carry out the symbolic burning of Ravana-vadh despite no permission by the authorities.

The tradition of celebrating the victory of Lord Ram as Vijayadashami or Dussehra which began in Ayodhya has been halted for the last fifteen years owing to the administrative constraints.

After the Ayodhya dispute on Ram Janambhoomi in 1994, the emblematic tradition of burning the Ravana’s effigy has been abolished. In spite of regular opposition by the various sections of society, the authorities refuse to lift the ban.

The authorities are under suspicion that in the name of firecrackers used in the effigy, some bomb explosion might take place which could tear apart the city which is already facing law and order problems.

Surprisingly, the administration which has banned firecrackers on the occasion of Dussehra itself allows their sale around Diwali.

According to the Ayodhya Ramlila and Durga Puja Central Committee Coordinator, Mahant Dhanushdhari Shukla, the committees want to mark the symbolic tradition, but the authorities decline to give them  approval.

Fed up by the ban, priest of Chauburji Temple and VHP Chairman decided to burn the Ravana’s effigy in the temple premises on this day. Expressing unhappiness, VHP regional media in-charge Sharad Sharma said, “It is very sad that Ravana’s effigy is not being burnt in the Lord’s own birthplace.”

(JPN/Bureau)