On the day when the nation noticed the consecration of Ram Lalla (toddler Rama) temple in Ayodhya, 600 kilometres away in Greater Noida, a temple devoted to demon king Ravana in Bisrakh village, additionally welcomed Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana for the primary time in its centuries outdated historical past.
The village Bisrakh is called after Ravana’s father Vishrava, and legend has it that each of them have been born there.
On Monday, in the presence of about 2,000 folks, the idols of Rama, his spouse Sita, brother Lakshmana, and Lord Hanuman have been installed at the temple advanced.
The brand new deities have been positioned in the temple’s lengthy hall, subsequent to the sanctum the place the Shiva Lingam is installed, and that space will henceforth be generally known as the “Ram Darbar (the court docket of Rama)”, stated the village monks who took half in the consecration.
In response to Ramdas, 67, head priest of the Shiva temple, recognized regionally because the “Pracheen (historical)” Shiva temple, it’s believed that the 10-headed demon king Ravana used to worship Lord Shiva there.
The “Shiva Lingam (Shiva in the phallic type)” exists there in the sanctum and locals consider that each Lord Brahma and Ravana’s grandfather Pulastya Muni meditated at the place the place the temple now stands and the Shiva Lingam broke forth from the earth on account of their devotion.
On Monday, slender by-lanes of the village resulting in the temple, stated to be at least 7,000 years outdated, have been flooded with throngs of individuals chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and carrying saffron flags sporting Rama’s pictures on them.
Enormous billboards saying the set up of a grand ‘Ram Darbar’ have been arrange in and across the village, now surrounded by multi-storey residential complexes.
In response to temple monks, the brand new idols have been introduced from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
“The temple committee had been planning to put in the ‘Ram Darbar’ for the previous two years at this Shiva temple. Nonetheless, as soon as the ‘Pran Pratishtha (life institution)’ ceremony of the Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya was introduced, we determined to organise the consecration of the brand new idols at our temple too on the identical date,” one of many monks stated.
Head priest Ramdas stated that the orders for the brand new idols have been positioned 4 months in the past and so they have been introduced from Rajasthan final month, and saved lined on the temple premises.
Speaking concerning the village and its uncommon reference to Ravana, he defined that the village is believed to be the birthplace of Vishrava, the daddy of Ravana, Vibhishana, and Kumbhakarna.
Vishrava is believed to have constructed the temple in the village to deal with the Shiva Lingam that he got here throughout in a forest grove, the priest stated.
“Right now, for the primary time, idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana have been installed with due rituals contained in the temple advanced. The consecration ceremony was held by 11 monks, following a grand procession throughout the village on Monday round 11am, across the identical time when a extra grander ceremony was going down for the set up of the Ram Lalla idol at the temple in Ayodhya,” Ramdas stated.
“Ravana is worshipped at the temple day-after-day. However the temple has an idol of Vishrava, and never of the demon King himself,” he stated.
Ramdas shared that the saga of Ravana’s life is carved on the partitions of the sanctum sanctorum the place the Shiva Lingam rests.
“The whole lot that occurred from the time of his grandfather Pulastya Muni, his mother and father Vishrava and Kaikashi, and throughout the time of Ravana himself — together with his delivery, his penance to acquire the boon of a number of heads, his departure to combat the warfare with Rama — is depicted right here,” stated Ramdas.
On Monday, as soon as the consecration was over, a group lunch was served for throughout 1pm.
Village elders, seated with Ramdas, who has been serving the temple for the previous 40 years, stated they now sit up for Dussehra this yr.
“This Dussehra, we are going to hopefully set up an idol of Ravana subsequent to the idol of Lord Rama right here. Each could be worshipped collectively right here,” the priest stated.
The villagers stated they consider that Ravana was their ancestor.
“For us, the Lanka ruler is our ‘Dada (grandfather)’ or ‘Baba (father)’. Now we have by no means celebrated Dussehra. In actual fact, for us , Dussehra is a day of mourning for us. This legend has been handed on for 1000’s of years, from technology to the subsequent. That’s the way it has been and can go on,” stated Karan Singh Bhati (72), a resident of Bisrakh village.