A 210-feet tall, eco-friendly effigy of demon-king Ravan, weighing 40 quintals, will be burnt on the occasion of Dussehra in Barara town, around 25 km from Ambala Cantt. Barara Ram Leela Club, which has erected the towering effigy has been doing this since 1987 — starting with a 20- feet tall effigy and increasing the height every year since.
“Effigies made by us have made it to the Limca Book of World Records on five different occasions,” the club’s chairperson Tejender Chauhan said today.
However, the height of the effigy was not increased this year due to the increase in production cost.
“The making cost has increased to around 18 per cent following the imposition of GST on raw materials used in it,” said Chauhan. “We spent Rs 25 lakh on this one,” he said. The sword held by the latest ‘Ravan’ is around 50-feet long and eco-friendly firecrackers have been used to make it safe from the environmental point of view.