Effiegies of ravana on Dussehra

Dussehra History and Places to Celebrate

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Dussehra or Vijaydashmi is one of the most famous Hindu festivals that comes at the end of Navratri every year. It basically comes in the month of October. Dussehra is celebrated in various parts of South Asia. It is celebrated for remembrance of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. This festival has many other believe also like Mata Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura to restore and protect Dharma. This believes and is basically of people lives in Southern, Eastern and North Eastern States of India. On this day Arjuna also decimated more than one lakh soldier and defeated all Kuru warriors including Bhishma, Drona, Karna, etc. So, basically this festival is celebrated to show the victory of Dharma over Adharma or the victory of good over evil.

In Many Parts of India, People Make big Ravana by using the wood and paper, then burnt with fireworks, showing the evil destruction. It comes 20 days before Diwali, which is widely celebrated all over India. Before the 10 days of Dussehra, people celebrate Ram Lila in various parts of India. Somewhere, people see the whole part of Ramayan on the projector screens. Somewhere people do the dramas by themselves and play the different Characters of Ramayana. All states have different ways to celebrate this festival.

People perfroming Ram Lila

Though if you are in any city or state in India, you can fully enjoy the festival of Dussehra. But here we are gonna tell you one of the best places to see the Dussehra festival and enjoy this great festival.


Markets on Dussehra

On this occasion, markets look so beautiful. People do shopping on this day and buy fireworks, sweets for the celebration. People burnt the fireworks fitted in the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, ( Ravana’s son), Kumbh Karan ( Ravana’s Brother).


Best places to enjoy Dussehra festival


1.) Kolkata 

Kolkata durga puja

In Kolkata, the People celebrate Dussehra festival by worshipping the goddess Durga. The whole ceremony is known as Kolkata Durga Puja. Here, people like to celebrate the festival by worshipping goddess Durga rather than burning effigies of Ravana. Durga puja is one of the biggest festivals in West Bengal. If you plan to visit Kolkata in Dussehra, then you are lucky because this festival is once in a lifetime experience.


2.) Ahmedabad

People performing garba on Navratra.

Here people celebrate the Navratras nine-day and Dussehra comes on the 10th day after Navratra. Here visitors enjoy a lot by doing Garba every day of Navratras. People do the Garba by wearing Chaniya choli. On the 10th day, the Dussehra day people worship the Goddess Durga and enjoy the victory of good over evil.


3.) Kota

In Kota, people celebrate Dussehra by making very tall effigies of Ravana, Megnath and Kumbhkaran which are nearly 70-80 feet long. They start the preparation before a month to Dussehra. They held mela and many artists and craftsmen come to show their art and crafts. Here you can enjoy cultural performances while sampling the best of Rajasthani food.


4.) Delhi

dussehra in Delhi.

Here people enjoy the festival by making the tall effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran. Here people enjoy the festival with hundreds of special stages by setting up it across the city for Ram Lila. The most popular place to see Dussehra in Delhi is at Ramlila Maidaan in Old Delhi. Here people also like to celebrate Navratri

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5.) Chennai’s Dussehra

In Chennai, People celebrate Dusshera by Decorating the streets of Chennai with the idols of Gods and Goddess on wooden padis. Here they display the Ramayana, Mahabharata and goddess Durga which resembles the victory of goddess Durga over Mahishasura or the victory of good over evil.


6.) Varanasi Dusshera

In Varanasi people Celebrating Dusshera over 200 years. It is 200 years old tradition in Varanasi to celebrate Ramayana on Stage. All scenes of Ramayana are performed in various towns for over a month-long. Here tall effigies of Ravana filled with fireworks are made in the town’s main square.


7.)Barara

Barara is a town near Chandigarh. Their last record is 210 feet and they promise to make it taller every year. Here people enjoy the festival by decorating markets and by doing a dance which adds extra fun to the festival atmosphere.


8.) Hyderabad

Here Dussehra is famous as Bathukamma. Here people celebrate beautiful floral festivals dedicated to the Goddess Gauri. Bathukamma translates to Mother Goddess come alive. This festival celebrated across Telangana and in parts of Andhra Pradesh.


9.) Mysore Dussehra

Mysore Dussehra

Dussehra festival is famous as Dosara in Mysore. Here people celebrate the Dussehra by Goddess Durga or Chamundeshwari. This city is named to commemorate the event of slaying the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. The best highlights of this event are the special Darbar at the spectacularly lit Mysuru palace. The majestic Dosara procession known as Jumbo Savari.


10.) Kullu Dussehra

Here people celebrate Dussehra festival with full joy by making the lord Raghunath’s Rath. Many local as well as from neighboring villages are brought to participate in Lord Raghunath’s Rath Yatra. It was started by Raja Jagat Singh in 1637. The Kullu Dussehra is the only festival in India where such a large number of deities are gathered in one place. Here, people instead of burning effigies of Ravana, celebrate this festival with the Lankadahan ceremony on the bank of river Beas.


11.) Amritsar

Dussehra in Amritsar

Here people enjoy the festival by taking the avatar of Langoors at the starting of Navratras day. They gathered at Durgiana Temple to celebrate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. On Dussehra day, tall effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran filled with Fireworks and burnt before sunset. Markets look so beautiful on this day. People buy sweets and do other shopping after seeing the ceremony.

Read Also – Places to visit in Amritsar


Kolkata durga puja

So in this post, we try to tell all the famous places to see the Dussehra in India. We hope you all like this post. We believe that the above points are convincing enough to make the interest of people in this historic festival. 

Happy Dussehra


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