Jafar Ali, a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh is preparing the sculptures that are used on Dussehra in the state. According to reports, Ali, who hails from Mathura is doing it to keep his family tradition alive. According to him, his family has been making the effigies for the past three generations as an example of communal harmony and brotherhood in the country. Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is celebrated across India to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.
According to Ali, his family has been doing it to showcase the "Hindu-Muslim unity." According to reports, this year, the Muslim man is making a 100-foot high effigy of Ravana which will be burnt near the Uttar Pradesh's Ramlila ground. Another worker, Aamir, who works with Ali since the past 40 years stated that the effigy is his religion. He went on to state that he finds no distinction between Hindu and Muslims and only political leaders have been diving everyone under the name of religion. Aamir further revealed that his father used to make effigies as well.
Dussehra, also called Vijayadashami, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated by conducting pujas and plays of the events of the Ramayana (Ramlila) over the nine-day Navaratri and burning effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad along with fireworks on the tenth day to commemorate the destruction of evil. The festival is also celebrated through special prayer meetings and food offerings by the people to the gods at home or in temples throughout India.
(WITH ANI INPUTS)