Keeping up with its tradition of burning the tallest effigy in the tricity during Dussehra, the Sanatan Dharam Dussehra Committee is all set to burn a 92-feet tall Ravana effigy at the Sector 46 ground on Thursday. Last year, an 81-feet tall effigy of Ravana was burnt by the committee; this year however even the effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhakaran are about 86 feet tall.
Governor of Punjab & Haryana and UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki will preside over the Dussehra celebration as the Chief Guest.
In addition to this, Chairman of Chandigarh Housing Board Maninder Singh, Chief Engineer SK Chadha and other UT officials will also be present on the occasion.
“This year, we have the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ theme for the celebration. Through means of posters and other informative pamphlets, we want to spread the message against female infanticide. Dussehra is about the victory of good over evil, and we will be promoting the same for the girl child,”said Jatinder Bhatia, President of Sanatan Dharam Sabha.
As an attraction for onlookers, the committee has also arranged for a helicopter this year, which will be used for distributing posters.
With the Chandigarh Met Department forecasting a clear sky on Thursday, the Dussehra Committees across the city are expecting a huge turnout this year.
This festive season, 52 Ramleela celebrations were performed throughout the city, and Dusshera will be celebrated in 26 major locations across the city.
In Sector 17, a 75-feet tall effigy of Ravana will be burnt, and UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev will preside over as the chief guest.
A procession from the Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 27 is scheduled to begin by around 4 pm, which will go on towards Kiran Cinema and will eventually end at the Parade Ground, Sector 17.
In several locations across the city, Dussehra celebrations are also being organised by the residents and children of the colonies.
“The children in our locality celebrate Dussehra in the common ground each year, and the tradition is continuing this year. They go around collecting funds before Dussehra, and organize the entire thing on their own,” said Satinder Singh, resident of Sector 22.