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Bisrakh: A Village That Doesn't Celebrate Dussehrra, Here's Why

Residents of Bisrakh, a village in Uttar Pradesh, claim to have descended from the Demon King Ravan and do not celebrate Dussehra

Ravan painted on the back of a truck in the village Photo: Suresh K. Pandey

About 33 km east of New Delhi is the village of Bisrakh in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. With a population of about 5,500, according to the 2011 Cen­sus, it is no different from most villages in the region—except that its residents worship Ravan.

The demon king of Lanka is the arch-rival of Ram, the Hindu god and hero of the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana. In its story, Ravan abducts Ram’s wife, the goddess Sita, prompting Ram to assemble an army of monkeys and attack his kingdom.

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