New Delhi, Oct 19: On a day when most of us burn Ravana, there is a place where he is honoured in UP. You may not believe this but this is a fact. Devotees on Friday visited a Ravan Temple in Kanpur on Dussehra. Head priest of the temple explained why Ravana is worshipped here on Dussehra. "It is believed that today is the birth as well as the death anniversary of Ravan. We open this Temple only for a day, it is will be locked in the evening after we burn an effigy of Ravana."Meanwhile, here is another example of a unique Dussehra. Burning effigies of Ravana is a common practice on Dussehra, but some "harassed" husbands celebrated the festival in Aurangabad in a slightly different way - by burning an effigy of Surpanakha, sister of the mythical multi-headed demon king. These men- members of 'Patni Pidit Purush Sanghatana',an organisation of victims of harassment by wives- burned theeffigy on Thursday evening at Karoli village near Aurangabad in Maharashtra.Talking to PTI, founder of the organisation Bharat Phulare said, "All the laws in India are against men and favour women. They are misusing it to harass their husbands and in-laws over petty issues." "We condemn this tyranny against men in the nation. In a symbolic move, our organisation burnt an effigy ofSurpanakha on the occasion of Dussehra last evening," he said. As per Hindu mythology, Suparnakha was the root cause behind the battle between Ravana and Rama. In order to avenge the insult of Surpanakha, Ravana disguised himself as a sage and kidnapped Sita, which ultimately led to the war. Phulare claimed that as per the 2015 records, of the total number of married people who committed suicide in the country, 74 per cent were men. Some members of the organisation also raised question marks over the ongoing #MeToo movement.
News24 Bureau/ PTI