Dedicated to Ravan, the Dashanan Mandir located outside the
Chinmastika Temple at Shivala in in Uttar Pradesh is open for worship in a year only on the Dussehra day. Ravana is believed to be the guard of Goddess Chinmastika and the 5ft idol of Ravan stands outside the temple protecting the deity. Kanpur
Legend has it that Ravan who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva was always on the look out for ways to appease Him. Guarding Chinmastika was one of the ways that Ravan found to impress Lord Shiva.
opens only in the morning of Dasara day and closes after 12 hours. Thousands of people from different parts of temple of Ravan arrive on the day to offer prayers to Ravan. India
When effigy of demon Ravan is burned in one place, another place chooses to worship him – suggesting that there is an amount of goodness in every person.
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