Sector 21: Ravana <i>dahan</i> in Noida Stadium at 7.15 pm on Tuesday
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Sector 21: Ravana dahan in Noida Stadium at 7.15 pm on Tuesday

Ravana’s 70–foot-tall statue set to be burnt along with that of Kumbhakarna and Meghnad.

Sector 21: Ravana <i>dahan</i> in Noida Stadium at 7.15 pm on Tuesday

Residents of  Noida are all set to celebrate Dussehra, which commemorates the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. Effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and his son Meghnad will be burnt at Noida Stadium in Sector 21. The celebrations will begin at 7.15 pm on October 11. The burning is referred to as Ravana dahan.

A 15-member team from Muradnagar is preparing the statue of the mythical demons. They would be filled with firecrackers. Subhash Kumar, a member of the team, told City Spidey, "The statue of Ravana is 70 feet tall with 10 heads, while that of his brother Kumbhakarna is 65 feet and of his son is 60 feet.” 

Raghvendra Dubey, a member of Ram Leela Committee, a group that organises Ram Leela (a play based on Ramayana), said they are expecting a huge crowd from across Noida. “Ravana’s statue will be erected by 10 pm tonight,” he added.

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is a Hindu festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashwin month in accordance with the Hindu calendar. Dussehra also commemorates the killing of a demon called Mahishashur by Goddess Durga according to Hindu mythology.

Ravana, Kumbhakarna, Meghnad and Lord Rama are characters in the epic Ramayana.