Dussehra is the festival of victory of the Lord Rama as good over the demon Ravana as evil. Each part of the country celebrate the festival in a different and interesting way. The celebration occurs on the 10th day after the 9 days of Navratri festival. Also called as Vijayadahsami, the festival features various rituals. It brings joy and happiness which is dedicated to worshipping Gods and Goddesses. Take a look at the regions where the festival is celebrated in their own unique way.
1. Ramlila Maidan, Delhi
The Ramlila Maidan is the oldest and traditional ground which definitely has the largest congregation in the city. Besides that, Subhash Maidan, opposite to Red Fort has another big Ramlila and Dussehra celebration. The prime Minister and top political brass make it a point to be there as these two places on Dussehra and fire the customary arrow towards effigy of Ravana.
2. Mysore Dasara, Karnataka
Maysore’s most famous and royal festival Vijayadashami, is the 10 days of festival. The Dasara festivities would culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with an event held in the grounds at Bannimantap called as Panjina Kavayithu (torch-light parade). The entire city is decorated with illuminated with lights. Various cultural programs are performed by famous artists. An exhibition is also held in Doddakere Maidana, to exhibit business establishments and government departments put up their stalls. It is an enthralling destination for dussehra festival.
3. Kullu Dussehra, Himachal Pradesh
Kulu is the most breathtaking part of the northern India. In this place, Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the festival, when the whole country has already wind up for it. A week long celebration is observed with the Lord Raghunath, carried on the Ratha across the city. The Dhalpur ground is the main attraction of the festival. The pleasant weather and grand celebration attracts many visitors.
4. Almora Dussehra, Uttarakhand
Almora is the cultural hub of the country. The Dussehra Mahotsav is one of the famous festivals in the city. The Dussehra festival starts with the performance of Ramlila which is unique as it is based in the musical rendering of the katha or story of Lord Rama. Here, not just effigy of Ravana, but dozens of other effigies of demons gets burnt on the festival with plenty of crackers and lighting decorations in whole city.
5. Kota Dussehra, Rajasthan
During the Dussehra, the city offers a huge fair to the people of Kota. Residents celebrate the festival with colorful dresses and they offer pray to the Lord Rama for a whole day. In the evening, More than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad filled with crackers, are burnt to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Cultural programs are organized where countries famous artists can perform.
6. Bastar Dussehra, Chhattisgarh
The most important festival in Bastar is the Dussehra, when all the deities from the surrounding villages unite at the temple of Danteshwari in Jagdalpur. Dussehra in Bastar is devoted entirely to the goddess, Danteshwari Devi. The people celebrate the festival in the very unique way. It involves various rituals related to goddess, which are an extraordinary. The massive Ratha Yatra is also held, which is pulled by 400 marias, is the symbol of tribal faith.
7. Ramnagar Ramlila, Varanasi
The most spectacular festival of Dussehra, is celebrated in Varanasi. Ramlila is the main attraction of the festival. Ramnagar is 15 kms away from the city where all the people gather for the Ramlila. On the next day of Dussehra, an episode of Rama and Bharata meet called as Bharat Milaap is held by the performers.
8. Dolls of Cuddalore, Tamilnadu
Festival of Dussehra is celebrated in an interesting way in the southern states of India. At the time of Dussera, dolls and toys are decorated in every house of south India. The south Indians call this festival as Golu. Children participate in the festival with a great enthusiasm and joy, which attracts the people. Different goddesses are worshipped throughout the 10 days of Dussehra festival.
9. Madikeri Dasara, Karnataka
Madikeri dussehra has the history of 120 years. The main attraction of the festival is the procession of Mantapas from ten temples. The priests from temples prepare their Karagas on their heads and head towards their temples with Karaga Dance. The Karagas are worshipped by each home in the town till Aayudha Pooja. The procession starts in the 9th night of Vijayadashami and ends on the 10th morning of Vijayadashami.
10. Celebrating Ravana, Kanpur
In Kanpur, devotees celebrate the festival in the 125 years old temple by worshiping the Dashanan. When across the country, effigies of Ravana are being set on fire across hundreds of Dussehra grounds, hordes of deotees are seen swarming the premises. The entire area reverberates with chants of “Ravana Baba Namah” from morning till evening on Dussehra.
ScoopHub Wishes You All a Very Happy Dussehra. 🙂