Indore : Playing spoilsport to Ravan Dahan programmes, showers lashed the city on Friday evening soaking several effigies and damaging a few. Organisers had to fix the effigies and then put them on fire. But at many places the effigies did not burn properly.
The main Dussehra programme of the city, held at Dussehra Maiden, too saw a half burnt effigy of the Demon King.
Here, the replica of Lanka too was burnt after many efforts, which involved splashing petrol at the replica.
However, this idea did not work on the huge Ravan effigy at the Dussehra Maidan. The flames could not completely engulf the Ravana, despite usage of petrol as an inflammatory catalyst.
This scenario however failed to dampen the spirit of Dussehra, which marks victory of good over evil, as residents despite rains in the evening turned up in large numbers to see Ravan Dahan programmes organised at many parts of the city.
Around 10000 people had gathered at Dussehra Maiden to see effigy of Ravan going up in flames. The turnout at GPO Square and Tilak Nagar was also huge.
Some people even got onto the BRTS corridor to see the unction organised at GPO Square and thus affected the traffic flow. The bus stop in the dedicated lane for the I-Bus was fully occupied by the viewers. Traffic cops had trying times to ensure movement of vehicles in the crowded zone.
Effigy burning deferred
The rains damaged effigies of Ravan at some places so badly that organisers had to defer the programmes for a day. Effigies erected in colonies were the worst hit.