Kanpur: Devotees all over the country immerse themselves in revelries on Dussehra to mark Ram`s victory over `evil` Ravan, but a few hundred pilgrims throng a temple here every year to worship the 10-headed demon.
Built in 1890, the portals of Dashanan temple open once a year on the occasion of Dusshera at nine in the morning. The idol of Ravana is bedecked with ornaments and then an `aarti` is performed by devout followers.
The effigy of Ravan is consigned to flames in the evening, after which the doors of temple are closed, only to be re-opened on next Dussehra.
"The 123-year-old, one-of-its-kind temple built by Maharaj Guru Prasad Shukl is located next to Lord Shiva`s shrine in Kailash temple premises here," programme coordinator of the temple, K K Tiwari said.
More than 15,000 devotees are expected to offer prayers to Ravan here today, he said.
Elucidating the purpose behind building this temple, Tiwari said, "Ravan was a great scholar and an ardent follower of Lord Shiva. Thus, the temple is built adjacent to Lord Shiva`s temple at Shivala area of the city."
Devotees also light `diyas` and pray for the prosperity of their families.
"When Lord Ram will kill Ravan in the Ramleela performed here, the temple premises will reverberate with chants by devotees," Tiwari said.