About Dussehra Festival in India
About Dussehra Festival in India is celebrated with great vigor and festivities by Hindus. It is one of the best festivals in the month of October-November in India. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. The 10-day celebration includes melas and Ramlila, a representation of the Ramayana scenes. On the tenth day, the Ravana Dahan scene is the performance. This is followed by the burning of the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhakarna. Melas are held at various Ramlila grounds across the country and include food stalls, game stands, Ferris wheels, and other fun activities. The celebration areas are illuminated and even popular celebrities make appearances in the most popular places in Ramlila.
Amidst all the commonalities, the least known fact is that the reasons for Dussehra celebrations differ from place to place, and so do the elements. As the stages are set for the pompous festivities, now we bring you the best of the best Dussehra celebrations in India.
10 places to celebrate Dussehra in India
Here are some amazing places to celebrate Dussehra Festival in India, where you can explore the majestic festival. Celebrations are truly unique and quite rare in some parts of the country, making it one more reason to visit. So from North to South India: here is everything you need to know:
- Kullu Dussehra : fascinating how it gets
- Almora Dussehra : Burn The Deding Demons
- Delhi Dussehra : Performances across the capital
- Varanasi Dussehra : Also popular as Ganga Dussehra
- Kota Dussehra : Get the local Rajasthani feel
- Kolkata Dussehra : the greatest celebrations
- Bastar Dussehra : A Unique Tribal Celebration
- Coorg Dussehra : The Madikeri Dasara
- Dasara on Mysuru : a great event
- Kulasekarapattinam Dussehra : The Kulasai Dussehra
fascinating how it get Surprising as it may seem, Kullu Dussehra has made a name for itself among people seeking exceptional celebrations around the world. Even for India, the celebrations in Kullu are a little different, as they start when revelers in other states head home after the 10-day festivities. The celebrations in Kullu begin on the tenth day of Dussehra and last for a week. To witness the best Dussehra celebration in India, visit Kullu. It is just one of the ways in which the Dussehra celebration takes place in North India .
Best days to visit during Dussehra Festival in India : since the royal celebration starts from the tenth day, it is ideal to go until the ninth day. For Dussehra 2020, arrive in Kullu before the ninth day.
Key Attractions: Events during Kullu Dussehra celebrations make it one of the most popular Dussehra in India. Historical phool yatra, international folk festival, Nainadevi fair, and Kullu fair in October are some of the best-known events to consider. Procession and rath yatra on the first day and Ramlila throughout the week until the burning of effigies are other major attractions. The popular performances of the Gaddi shepherds; And of course the famous procession makes it one of the most famous Dussehra in India.
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Arriving at Kullu: Chandigarh is the nearest airport. If you find any reading that says Bhuntar airport is the closest, it has to be out of date as the airport is not operational now. You can also rent a taxi in Chandigarh. If budget is a concern, HPTD and DTC (Delhi Tourism) state buses, as well as private Volvo services, are available at regular intervals.
Burn The Deading Demons Almora celebrates Dussehra with revenge. Locals take revenge on the demons of Ramayana. Locals make statues of all the bad characters or villains of Ramayana and display them. The parade ends in an open area where the statues turn to ashes. The effigies of the entire Ravana clan are set ablaze by the locals. The procession is accompanied by hundreds of people with music bands and decorations, which is a sight to behold.
Best days to visit during Dussehra : the tenth day is the best since the festival is great right now. Burning the entire clan is a spectacle that you may not find anywhere in India.
Key attractions : Ramlila event during the 9 days of the festival, a musical drama with preparations that takes place 2 months ago, several clubs organize performances by Ramlila, including the famous “The Hukka Club”
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Reaching Almora : Being one of the main hill stations in Uttarakhand, there is extensive connectivity. The closest airport to Almora is in Pantnagar, almost four hours away. The closest train station is in Kathgodam, about three hours away. Local transportation is available from these 2 points. However, Haldwani has one of the best public transportation options in the entire Kumaon region.
Performances throughout the capital The best part of Dussehra celebrations in Delhi is that they can be witnessed anywhere in the city. The highlight of all the celebrations is the Ramlila shows which are held especially at Ramlila Maidan and the Red Fort. The plays depict the story of Ramayana throughout the 10 days and end on the last day with Lord Rama killing Ravana. A large turnout of theater actors can act and entertain the crowd.
Best days to visit during Dussehra Festival in India: The event must be attended for 10 days as the Ramayana story is acted out sequentially. Therefore, plan a long trip if you want to celebrate Dussehra in Delhi.
Key Attractions : Several notable committees organize city-wide performances at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Lal Qila Maidan, August Park, and Madhava’s Park. Food stalls, choreographed performances, famous actors, the use of technology, and bright lights definitely add glamor to the celebrations.
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Getting to Delhi : Being the country’s capital, there is absolutely no connectivity problem facing Delhi. An airport with 3 terminals, 4 main railway stations, and several bus stations connect Delhi with the rest of India.
Also popular as Ganga Dussehra Varanasi is one of the most important religious places in India, famous for the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Traditions have been followed in this city throughout the years. And this is where you will discover the oldest performances of Ramlila that have been running for more than 200 years. The Ramlila takes place for a full month each year, beginning with the incarnation of Lord Ram and ending with the death of the demon king Ravana.
Best days to visit during Dussehra: Most of the main attractions increase in the last 3 days, therefore it is ideal to visit on the eighth day.
Key Attractions : The festivities take place on the banks of the Ganges River in Ramnagar. A special ‘aarti’ takes place in the ghats. People gather with specific ritual acts, such as taking a holy bath in the river, lighting incense, and offering flowers to the river. People gather in groups to sing devotional songs and light earthen lamps in the river water.
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Getting to Varanasi : Varanasi is a major pilgrimage center and is well connected via rail and also to an international airport. Buses, taxis, and all kinds of public transportation are readily available throughout the city.
Get the local Rajasthani feeling Image credits: Pixabay Traditional attractions are clearly visible at the Dussehra fair in Kota. The great fair is accompanied by artisans, cultural artists, and programs that make you feel the essence of rural India. The villagers of the city dress in traditional costumes to offer prayers to the lord. And obviously, Ravana’s effigies are burned to mark the end of the festival. The fair is located next to the Kota Adventure Festival, which is held on the Chambal River.
Best days to visit during Dussehra: The last 3 days are really special for the event and add a certain sparkle. So, plan accordingly!
Key Attractions: A fascinating procession from the Royal Palace to the fairground that features animals like decorated horses, camels, and elephants. The fair has immense opportunities for fun, with rides, food, mini-games, and other attractions.
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Arriving in Kota : The Kota railway station is well connected with the rest of India through the railway station that connects directly to Delhi, Vadodara, Surat, and Mumbai. The city is also connected through the national airport. Taxis, cars, and other forms of public transportation are readily available.
the greatest celebrations The time of year when ‘Good prevails over evil’ comes to life with dances, music, food, and celebrations in Kolkata. Durga Puja or Durga Pooja is the mother of all celebrations in Kolkata. Coinciding with Dussehra, the celebrations are above average. Witness all the decorated panels, the Bengali culture, and the glorious lighting. The festival is celebrated with absolute importance as in Bengali culture, this succeeds in anything. That is why you will see a great gathering, crowds in thousands, and glitter everywhere.
Best days to visit during Dussehra : The last 6 days of Durga Puja coincide with Dussehra and this is when the celebrations reach a new level.
Key attractions : the variety of street food, dancing, and people in traditional clothes, the exceptional creativity of the decorated pandals, the rich heritage and culture of the region will captivate you during your visit.
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Arriving in Kolkata : Kolkata is the first metropolitan building built in India. With an international airport, 3 major railway stations serving the city, there is absolutely no shortage of connectivity options. Public transportation including metro, taxis, taxis, buses is also in abundance.
A Unique Tribal Celebration Image Credit: Pixabay Dussehra in India is most uniquely and strangely celebrated in Bastar, Chattisgarh. It is very important in the region but is not related in any way to Lord Rama’s triumphant return. Dussehra in Bastar is dedicated to the local goddess. It is one of the longest festivals in the world lasting 75 long days.
The best days to visit during Dussehra Festival in India: the 13th day of the bright moon in September and the day after Dussehra in October
Key Attractions : Tribes in the region are dressed in traditional costumes, rare rituals that intrigue you as a young man buried shoulder-to-shoulder in a well for nine days, a huge chariot pulled by 400 people, and energetic dances, drums, and celebrations surround the place.
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Getting to Bastar: Jagdalpur is the seat of the Bastar district and has its own railway station and airport connected to the main parts of the country. Bus and taxi services transport people regularly.
The Madikeri Dasara Image credits: Wikipedia Coorg, one of the best hill stations in South India, is another popular destination for tourists to visit to celebrate the Dussehra festival. Also known as Madikeri Dasara, celebrations begin with traditional dances and karaga rituals. The rituals are dedicated to the Goddess Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas. The celebration takes place all night on a ninth day to welcome the final tenth day. Preparation for the Madikeri Dasara begins 3 months in advance and locals participate in this 100-year tradition.
Best days to visit during Dussehra: 9 and 10 are the most auspicious days and take full control of the levels of the celebrations.
Key attractions : exhibitions of local artists in a crazy parade, high-tech mechanical figures of gods, goddesses, and demons, the explosion of dance and music through loudspeakers, and the procession that runs through the city.
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Getting to Coorg : The closest airport to Coorg is in Mangalore, about 135 km away, and the nearest railway is in Mysore, just 120 km away. Being a major hill station, there are enough public transport connectivity options from the train station and the airport.
Dasara on Mysuru:
a great event Image credits: Kalyan Kumar for Wikimedia Nadahabba or Karnataka State Festival, Mysore Dussehra is famous Dussehra in India and has been there for 400 years. The region hosts this festival as a celebration of the victory of the goddess Chamundeshwari over the demon Mahishasura. The 10-day festival starts from the first day of Navratri and ends on the tenth day when the royal procession follows a decorated elephant carrying the idol of the worshiped goddess. The lighting of Mysore Palace and the participation of the royal family are popular attractions during Dussehra in Mysore. It is one of the largest Dussehra Mela in India you have ever seen.
Best days to visit during Dussehra: last four days of the 10-day festival. For Dussehra 2020, it is ideal to land in Mysore on October 24 and witness the big deal.
Key Attractions : The illuminated Mysore Palace is a delight to behold, while cultural programs within the palace are equally appreciated at Mysore Dussehra. The great procession, the past of March, the paintings, the dances, and the martial arts performances are a once in a lifetime experience. Jumbo Savaari or the elephant procession where the decorated royal elephants lead the procession.
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Arriving in Mysore: The city is well connected by train and by air from the main cities in India. However, the problem lies in reservations, since tickets are very expensive or worse, you don’t get one. If this is the case, Bangalore is the closest airport to land. Book a taxi or taxi if you want to go to private and exclusive. Buses also travel from Bangalore and take around 3 hours to reach Mysore.
The Kulasai Dussehra In the not so well-known village of Kulasekarapattinam, located in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, Dussehra is celebrated in a unique way. The Kulasai Dussehra festival, as it is known, is celebrated at the Mutharamman Temple, which is about 300 years old and is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. The celebration considers that pilgrims and devotees dress in the form of gods and goddesses of their choice. The devotees then channel the spirit of the Goddess Kali and dance throughout the night.
Best days to visit during Dussehra: The festival is as auspicious as the history of Ramayana. The town celebrates in the best possible way and therefore the last 8 days are one of the best to visit Kulasekarapattinam.
Key Attractions : The murder of the demon Mahishasura is done on the beach in a theatrical way. It is definitely a show that you don’t want to miss. The beach is amazingly decorated, so you can sample local food, enjoy the walks, and watch the drama unfold.
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Arriving in Kulasekarapattinam : Tiruchendur, just 20 minutes from Kulasekarapattinam, is connected to the main rail networks and special trains that run during the festival.
Dussehra frequently asked questions in India:
Q. What is the date of Dussehra 2020?
A. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. This coincides with September or the end of October. The Dussehra 2020 date in India is October 25, 2020.
Q. Why is Dussehra celebrated for 10 days?
A. Dussehra is considered to be one of the most famous festivals in India for Hindus. Dussehra is also known by the name of Vijayadashami, as the festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The ten days signify the ten heads of Ravana.
Q. What is Navratri?
A. Navratri or 9 Nights is a multi-day festival celebrated in India for different reasons in different parts of the Indian subcontinent. And there are 4 seasonal Navratris. However, the post-monsoon fall celebration (Sharad Navratri) that takes place in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin is the most popular. The dates for Navratri 2020 are from October 17 to October 25.
Q. How are Dussehra celebrations different in other parts of India?
A. 1. Dussehra in Gujarat: The highlight of Dussehra in Gujarat is that the Garba and Dandiya performances and events take place in countless places in the state. People gather in these places after the arti and dance to the songs of the popular songs. Dussehra in Maharashtra: Maharashtra celebrates this festival by dedicating the Navratri to the goddess Durga and the tenth day to the goddess Saraswati. Dussehra in West Bengal, Orissa, and Assam: These states celebrate this festival in the form of Durga Pooja. It is a 5-day celebration in West Bengal and a 4-day celebration in Assam and Orissa. For more information on the same, see the blog on Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Q. How is Ganga Dussehra different from Dussehra?
A. Ganga Dussehra or Gangavataran celebrates the avatar and (descent) of the Ganges river. Hindus believe that the holy river descended from heaven to Earth on this very day. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the crescent moon of the Hindu calendar of the month of Jyeshtha; a month that coincides with May-June. The festival is unrelated to the more popular Dussehra festival.
Q. What is the importance of Dussehra?
A. This festival is quite important in the Hindu calendar and signifies the triumph of good against evil. Dussehra is also called Vijayadashami and is celebrated as the Goddess Durga’s victory over Mahisasura.
Q. What date does Dussehra come in 2020?
A. This year in 2020, the festival will be held on October 25. On the day of this festival, the nation observes a vacation published in a newsletter.
Q. Why is Dussehra celebrated after Navratri? A. Lord Rama is believed to have been worshiping the Goddess Durga for nine days, just before fighting, and managed to kill the evil King Raavana. Therefore, this day is celebrated after Navratri comes to an end.
Q. How is Dussehra Festival in India is celebrated?
A. In India, the Dussehra festival is vibrantly celebrated with many people engaging in worship, followed by food offerings. You can also see many fairs organized just for this festival and you can also see many people participate in the parade. Finally, an effigy of Ravana is burned, symbolizing the end of evil.
Q. Which place is famous for the Dussehra festival?
A. The place where the Dussehra festival is the most famous is the Kullu. Here, this festival is celebrated in the well-known Dhalpur Maidan.
Q. In what state is Dussehra celebrated for 75 days?
A. The Dussehra festival is celebrated for 75 days in Bastar, a district in the Indian state of Chattisgarh. Bastar Dussehra celebrations start from Amavasya in the month of Shravan and last up to 75 days, ending on the thirteenth day of the bright moon in the month of Ashwin.