Devotees in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, worshipped mythological demon king Ravana on the occasion of the Hindu festival Dussehra on Wednesday.
The devotees believe that Ravana was an intellectual man of his times and deserved to be worshipped at the rare temple that exists in his honour in the city. Dussehra marks the triumph of good over evil.
Temple priest Rama Shanker Dwivedi said the doors of the Dashanan Temple in the town are opened once in a year on the day of Dussehra.
He said that an idol of Ravana is bathed with holy water and milk, and after purification, an aarti is performed.
He said that in the evening the doors of the temple are closed for a year and are opened on next Dussehra.
Dussehra is regarded as the day when Hindu Lord Ram defeated Ravana and rescued his abducted wife, Sita.
As per the tradition, the effigy of the demon king Ravana is vilified and burnt in most parts of the country.
Apart from Ravana, the gigantic effigies of his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghnath are also burnt every year on the occasion of Dussehra.