Diwali is a festival of lights but in the village of Bisrakh darkness prevails.
A temple dedicated to Ravana is located in this obscure village, around 10km from Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
According to local legends, Ravana was born in Bisrakh as the son of sage Vishrava Rishi.
He spent his childhood in this village before moving to Lanka.
The villagers never hold Ramlila nor burn effigies of the demon king.
They believe it would invite the wrath of Shiva, as Ravana was his devotee.
During Dussehra, the villagers here mourn the great king.
They offer prayers and perform yagnas for the peace of Ravana’s soul.
The village is home to a number of ancient temples, some as old as thousand years.
One of these is the Ravana ka Mandir.
It houses a Shivling, believed to have been earthed by Ravana’s father.
Locals worship this linga and believe celebrating Ramlila or Dussehra in the village will invite the Lanka king’s wrath.
So much so that even Diwali is not celebrated here with the enthusiasm that sweeps the nation.