Instead of humans, wooden puppets will enact Ramleela in Varanasi this year

The puppets will don masks of different characters of Ramayana and their names will be displayed as subtitles. As a bonus, the organisers have put these wooden masks on sale for people who want to enact the Ramleela within their family.

With the Navratri festival just a month away, Ramleela patrons have started brainstorming over how to proceed this year amid Coronavirus pandemic. According to the news reports, the Ramleela in Varanasi will not be organised in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but to keep the tradition alive, new developments are underway.

Reportedly, instead of human artists, wooden puppets will be used to enact the Ramleela in Banaras this year, and it will also be telecast on social media from September 30 to October 30. The idea has been developed by the Mahant of Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi, Prof. Vishambhar Nath Mishra`s family.

The puppets will don masks of different characters of Ramayana and their names will be displayed as subtitles. As a bonus, the organisers have put these wooden masks on sale for people who want to enact the Ramleela within their family.

Several tourists throng Varanasi during Durga Puja every year only to watch the world-famous Ram Leela of Varanasi. An impressive fair is also held in the ancient city during this time. However, due to the current pandemic, a lot of festive events and fairs have been canceled.

The Ramleela in Kashi is held at Ramnagar every year.


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