One of the greatest demons of our time is terrorism. Fittingly, residents of Belapur’s Sector 2 gleefully destroyed it in the form of Ravan on Monday. A 22-foot effigy, replete with firecrackers and draped in red silk raiment, embodied not just the mythological demon king, but also the evil of terrorism.
“The Belapur-based Shree Albela Hanuman Mandir Trust has burned Ravan effigies for the past 27 Dasseras without fail,” said trust member Prashant Patil.
As recurring terrorism has struck a chord among the public, the Trust thought it appropriate seemed to correlate it with the symbolic victory of good over evil, and to express the hope that today’s scourge will be destroyed and give way to peace and harmony.
People from all over Navi Mumbai gathered in Belapur to witness the fiery end of the ten-headed Ravan, as children gleefully clapped and danced.
On the occasion of Vijaydashmi, Bengali women also gathered to apply sindoor to one another and to the goddess Durga at the Vashi pandal of New Bombay Bengali Association. The Durga idols were later immersed in the traditional manner.