Festival season is going to start in India and country is gearing up for celebrations. Folks are already waiting for Dussehra, Vijayadashmi, Navratras & Diwali. And planning for celebrations have begun. Some of the folks have already planned holidays around these festivals. Some are going to their families for celebration and some wandering souls are planning to go places where these festivals are celebrated in unique ways. Today we are sharing about top 5 places to celebrate Dussera in India.
Mysore Dasara – Dussera is pronounced as ‘dasara’ in Mysore, which is 10 days event in the city of Karnataka. Mysore dasara is a royal affair, which celebrates victory of truth over evil. Dasara celebration in the city is concluded with Vijayadashami procession on last day. It is believed that Goddess Durga defeated the demon Mahishasura on Vijayadashami day. In Mysore, Chamundeshari seated in golden howdah of an elephant is progressed for 3 kilometers, which starts from the grounds of palace. Palace is beautifully decorated during these 10 days and city is completely transformed. Lot of tourists plan their visit to Mysore during these 10 days.
Kullu Dussehra is celebrated in the month of October in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu Dussehra festival is celebrated in dhalpur ground of kullu town. This festival begins on Vijay Dashmi day and continues for 7 days after that. This festival is unique where lot of local deities of Himachal come together to celebrate the win of lord rama over devil. Approximately 250 deities come together at Dhalpur on final day including Godess Hadimba. There is huge rath which leads the procession of Lord Raghu Nath Ji. During the festival lot of cultural activities happen in Kullu town.
Bastar Dushera -
Like Kullu Dussehra, all the deities from the surrounding villages unite at the temple of Danteshwari in Jagdalpur of Bastar. This is one of the main celebrations in Basar district of Chhatisgarh. Dussera at Bastar is little different. It’s not about return of Rama to Ayodhaya. Dusshera in Bastar is devoted entirely to the goddess Danteshwari Devi. The festival involves participation of all the major tribes of Bastar and folks look forward to Dussehra celebrations. The preparations start in advance and whole mood of celebration remains there for a month.
Kota Dussehra -
Kota is a town in Rajasthan state of India and on Dussehra, a huge mela (fair) takes place for 3 days. On the last day the effigies of the Ravana clan are burnt in the ground. Rajasthani handicrafts, joy rides and the food stalls can be seen all around. Usually lesser number of tourists are seen in fair as compared to other fairs (mela) of Rajasthan state.
Dasara festival is celebrated in the city of Madikeri in the Karnataka state of India. This is considered to be one of the oldest dasara celebration which is happening for hundreds of years in Karnataka. Madikeri Dasara is again 10 day celebration. It's known for 4 Karagas and 10 Mantapas depicting win of gods over devil by killing them. Preparation for Madikeri dasara starts few months before the real celebration. Folks of Kodagu collect money for this celebration and that's a very good example of crowd-funded project at this scale. And don't forget that it's happening for many years now. Each of these 10 Mantapa committees have approximately 100 members. A Mantapa comprises idols of height 8 to 15 feet, which is set up at the front of a lighting board.
Can you visualize the scene of these celebrations? If not, then it's a right reason for you to plan a Dussehra trip to any of these places and explore a unique celebration of Dussehra.