Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami celebrated after Navami or the 9th day of Navratri. Dussehra is one of the most prominent Indian festivities, every year it is celebrated with great zeal and fervour. The festival signifies the victory of gods and goddesses over demons all across the country. Ramlila is celebrated in the Northern, Western and Southern states while the victory of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana is celebrated in the Eastern and Northeastern states. On the day of Dussehra it’s the end of Durga puja, marks as the triumph of the Goddess over the demon. Resembles the victory of the good over the evil. As per the Hindu Lunar Calendar, Dussehra is celebrated either in late September or early October annually. Neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh also celebrate this festival, in Nepal it is known as ‘Dashain’ and in Bangladesh it is known as ‘Durgotsava’ or ‘Sharadotsav’. Dussehra is celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm all across India and it’s neighbouring countries. Dussehra has been declared as national day in Malaysia as well. Dussehra celebration in Kullu begins on Vijayadashami and continues on for seven days.
India has always astronised the world for its diversities and varied culture, and that is why Dussehra is celebrated with different customs but with similar zeal all across the country. The idea behind the celebration of Dussehra is the Ramlila in the Northern India, it showcases the story of Ramayana, tenth day being the most important day of the festivities, which not only welcomes busting and bursting crackers, but people also indulge in Ravana Dahan – evil’s destruction. On this auspicious day, we have listed 5 mus visit Destinations To Travel During Dussehra – the festivities especially during Dussehra
1) Kolkata: The city of joy celebrates Durga Puja and Dussehra with great zeal and enthusiasm, explore the pandals all over the city and witness the richness of Maa Durga and bonus is the ‘bhog’, mouth watering dishes and bengali sweets which is distributed among the devotees for free. The vibrant cultural performances during aarti time are worth seeing. On the last day of celebration, married women participate in a ceremony called ‘sindoor khela’, where they wear traditional sarees and smear each other with sindoor. The celebration is concluded with submerging the deities of Goddess Durga in river.
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2) Bastar: It is popularly known for its one of a kind 75 days long Dussehra celebration. The idea behind this long celebration is to honour Devi Danteshwari, the main goddess of Bastar’s tribal community. It was initiated by the king of Bastar – Purushottam Dev, in the 13th century. This festival reflects the tribal lifestyle of Bastar. The devotees bid goodbye to their deities at the end of this festival performing tribal dance and cultural music. This celebration includes a lot of unique and orthodox tribal rituals like worshipping posting pillars, wood, setting a throne for Devi Kanchan, meeting tribal leaders and so on.
3) Mysore: This city celebrates Dussehra with great splendour, the royal family of Mysore celebrates this Ten day festivities to honour the victory of Goddess Chamundeshwari on demon Mahisasura, the Mysore palace goes through a detailed decoration with myriad of lights. An ornately dressed elephant carries a large idol of the Goddess on the last day of the celebration, the procession begins from the palace and ends at Bannimantap Ground. Many cultural performances, military parades, athletic competitions takes place on this auspicious day along with a Dasara exhibition which is held every year and it also offers mouth watering local food and memorable joy rides
4) Varanasi: This city is in records for organising one of the best Ramlila shows during Dussehra, the venue is usually Ramnagar, located about 15 km away from Varanasi, they are organizing this show for the last 200 years and also holds the reputation for 200 years old tradition initially established by the King of Kashi. Lots of young talents can be seen performing the famous Ramayana play during this festivities on beautifully built sets beside Ramnagar Fort. Additional gestures of the performance are complimented by masks, music and huge figures. The main attraction is the large statue of Ravana being burnt in the main square to honour the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Immersion of Goddess Durga’s idol in river adds a flavour of Kolkata’s Durga Puja to the celebration.
5) Kullu: The city’s Dussehra celebration begins on Vijayadashami and continues for the next seven days. It consists of a large number of devotees carrying idols of various gods and goddesses on their heads and join the zestful procession heading towards the famous Ragunath Temple. On the last day of celebration, the procession is led to the river Beas where wood and fodder are set alight to symbolize the burning of Lanka. A local fair is also organized during Dussehra celebration and definately it can give a glimpse in Kullu’s complete and absolute culture.
P.S : These were some of the places infamous for their distinctive Dussehra celebration. So, let your festive spirit soar by having one of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on Dussehra. If you are a travel enthusiast and fascinated already then we would suggest you to pack your bags now and contact Kesari Tours for a memorable experience during the festivities, we have customised Dussehra and Diwali Tours to enhance your travel experience, and do not forget to carry a camera to capture the memories of Dussehra that you will cherish forever for sure.