No Dusshera at Baijnath, where Ravana stopped over

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Baijnath (Himachal Pradesh), Sept 26 (ANI): While the rest of the country will be marking the festival of Dusshera by burning effigies of ten-headed demon king Ravana, Baijnath town in Himachal Pradesh will be quiet.

People in this town will stay away from any kind of celebrations and burning of the effigy of Ravana.

According to them, celebrations of Dusshera will turn into a curse taking life of the one who dares observe it.

People say the fear of death is so strong that they would not like to toy with the idea of Dusshera celebrations.

"People tried to celebrate Dussehera here twice or thrice earlier but they died. Whosoever tries to celebrate the festival dies. That's why we don't celebrate the festival. They are still hesitant to celebrate the festival, as it was the land of Ravana's meditation," said Shashi Pal, a resident.

While Ravana is portrayed as a demon king, his other intellectual side remains hidden. Ravana was a learned king who had mastered many mystical powers.

Legends have it that Ravana stopped over in town and it was Baijnath Temple where he offered prayers to Lord Shiva by standing on one foot.

"Inside the temple, there is a footmark which is believed to be of Ravana. So Ravana has a deep relationship with the town," said Manish Dixit, a priest.

It is believed that Lord Shiva blessed Ravana here. Therefore, anyone who tried to burn the effigy of 'blessed' Ravana on the Dusshera day did not live to see the next festival. (ANI)

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