Festival of India
Dussehra is also popularly known as Vijadashmi. Vijaydashmi celebrates the victory of Lord Shri Ram and Goddess Durga. In both the forms it symbolizes victory of good over evil. Dussehra is celebrated throughout the nation with zeal and fervour.
Dusshera in different states of India is celebrated in different manner but the message of the festival remains the same. Dussehra is celebrated in high scale in Bengal and North India.
Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pardesh
Kullu situated in Himachal Pradesh has a unique tradition to celebrate Dussehra. Dussehra is known as Dashmi in this region and it commences on the 10th day of Ashwin month. Dussehra in Kullu is significant as a festival, cultural celebration and tradition. One can experience a great zeal in the festival celebrated in Kullu on the last day of the Dashmi.
Vijaydashmi in Kullu is celebrated since the era of King Jagat Singh. A chariot festival is organised and the statue of lord Raghunath is seated on it along with the idols of goddess Sita and Hindiba.
This chariot is then taken from one place to another and it stays there for 6 days. On the sixth day, all the gods and goddesses meet at one place termed as “Mohalla”. Everyone dances and enjoy on the seventh day at the bank of Vyas river where Lanka dahan is organised and some animals are sacrificed.
On the last day, the chariot is brought back at the first place and Lord Raghunath’s statue is reestablished in the Raghunatha Temple. In this way, Dussehra is celebrated in the Kullu region with excitement and passion.
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The Dussehra celebrated in Mysore is popular around the world. Dussehra celebrated in Mysore is a representative of great harmony between historical and religious culture. On this day, the entire city is decorated with flowers, diyas and bulbs.
Goddess Chamudeshwari, the goddess of Mysore hills is worshipped in Mysore on the first day of festival. Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasura on this day. On this occasion of Vijadashmi, Chamundi hills are decorated and the festival is celebrated with a great zeal. This festival is a symbol of victory of good over evil.
The main attraction of the procession is the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari kept in the golden seat on top of a decorated elephant and a huge crowd of people can be seen on the path of Shobhyatra.
Dussehra is celebrated for nine days of Navratra in Punjab. Goddess Durga is worshipped on the Ashtami and Navami and on the tenth day Ravana is cremated symbolizing victory of good over evil. Fairs are also held during the nine days of Navratra.
Bastar Dussehra in Chhattisgarh
Dussehra is dedicated to goddess Danteshwari in Bastar. Goddess Danteshwari is a goddess of people of Bastar and is one of the manifestation of goddess Durga. Dussehra is celebrated in Bastar from the Amavas of Sharavan month till Shukla Tryodashi of Ashwin month. The end of the festival is done by celebrating Ahodi on Ashwin Shukla Tryodashi.
Bengal, Orissa and Assam Dussehra
In these states, Dussehra is celebrated in the form of Durga Puja. It is a festival of five days celebrated in entire Bengal. It is celebrated for 4 days in Orrisa and Assam. The statue of goddess Durga is built and established beautifully in Pandals. On the sixth day, Durga Puja is performed on Saptami, Ashtami and Navami followed by a great Puja held on the tenth day. Women offer Sindoor on the forehead of the goddess and on each other. In this way Sindoor holi is played amongst the married women.
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pardesh and Keranataka Dussehra
Dussehra in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is a festival of nine days. Goddess Laxmi, Saraswati and Durga are worshipped during the nine days. Dussehra is considered to be auspicious to perform new tasks, study and learning dance in these places. In Mysore a city in Karnataka, Ravana is not cremated on Dussehra.
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Dussehra of Gujarat
In Gujarata, Dussehra is celebrated in the form of Navratra. Garba, a folk dance of Gujarat is played during the nine days of Navratra. Garba dance is the pride of the festival and at this occasion everyone dances on the tune of the folk songs. After the Arti of the goddess, Garba is played throughout the night.
In Maharashtra, nine days of the Navratra are dedicated to goddess Durga and on the tenth day goddess Saraswati is worshipped. On this day the Tantrik signs of the goddess is worshipped. This day is considered to be auspicious to start education, marriage, home access and buying new house.