The Best Places to Celebrate Dussehra In India

Dussehra festival is all about fasting, feasting, and fireworks. So, here is the list of 10 popular places of India to enjoy.

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Dussehra is the 10-day festival and considered as one of the most distinguished festivals of Hindu culture. The festival is the representation of it depicts the victory of good over evil. The festival holds special and different significance for people belonging to the different parts of the country.

In general, states of India celebrate Dussehra as the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama.Till date in almost every city of India, there is a display and episodes of Ramayana under the name of Ramlila which followed by nine days.

And, on the 10th day, the towering effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran are set on fire. During the festival, there are several Dussehra Online Offers going on websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Big Basket and more.

As marked earlier each Indian state celebrates the festival in its own way, here is the list of 10 places which has different flavors of Dussehra. Keep on reading, to know about them.

1. Kolkata Durga Puja

The biggest festival of West Bengal, Durga Puja literally transforms the Kolkata into the city of joy. Go on a pandal-hopping spree where we can see the numerous decorated sculpture(murti) of goddess Durga.

Take the blessings of Durga by indulging in delectable bhogs of famous Bengali sweets to doing the dance on the vehement beats of the dhaak.

Durga Puja in Kolkata is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, the celebrations culminate with the immersing of the Durga idols in the river.

2. Delhi’s Pandal and Ramlila

Delhi accentuates a new avatar during Dussehra with hundreds of special stages set up for the Ram Lila musicals. Moreover, at various places of Delhi including Chitranjan park, Kashmiri gate etc., there was the establishment of pandals introducing effigies of Goddess Durga.

And, on the auspicious day of Dussehra, there will be an arrangement of sky-high effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran. On the last day of Navaratri, they all set on fire.

3. Ahmedabad Navratri Mahotsav

A much-awaited annual event in Gujarat’s calendar, Navratri Mahotsav in Ahmedabad is celebrated with dazzling zeal and merriment. Nine nights of hustling midnight buffets, energetic Garba dances and vibrantly colored chaniya cholis, kafni pajamas twirling to the beats of the dhol.

Join in for the some Garba and Dandiya dance while you savor the mouth-watering delicacies of Gujarat. All nine evenings begin with a Pooja for Goddess Durga and continue till the wee hours of mornings.

4. Varanasi Ram Lila

Head to Ramnagar, near Varanasi, to watch a 200-year-old tradition of the Ramayana on stage. Over month-long performances of various scenes of the Ramayana are held across the town.

The day of Dussehra marks Rama’s victory over Ravana as a tall effigy of the demon is set on fire in the middle of town. The performance of actors is incredibly matchless, as they hardly use mikes and loudspeakers, even when viewers number in the thousands.

5. Kota, Rajasthan Dussehra Fair

Kota celebrates with a fun-filled fair that includes cultural performances, fantastic displays of fireworks, costume plays, and the plethora of stalls serving delectable festive food. In this mela, artisans come from far and wide to sell their wares, and there are cultural programs and performances.

Towering statues of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran are burned, in the middle of the city. Additionally, there is a captivating procession from the Royal Palace to the fairground, featuring decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancers.

Besides this, you can enjoy activities like windsurfing, water skiing, rock climbing, and rural excursions.

6. Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara is the state festival of Karnataka, a 10 day festival with the last day being Vijayadashmi. The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the festival, attracting a large audience towards those festive vibes.

Other highlights of the event are the special Durbar at the spectacularly lit Mysuru palace. The majestic Dasara procession known as the Jumbo Safari are other aspects of this festive season.

7. Chennai Bommai Kolu

During the 10 days of Dussehra celebration, the streets of Chennai get decked up with the decorative items. The arrangement of effigies of gods and goddess on wooden stages is just matchless.

While the brightly-colored tableaux usually represent the assembly of Goddess Durga during her battle with the demons. Moreover, the episodes of Ramlila are the main highlights of this celebration.

8. Hyderabad Dussehra Celebration

In Hyderabad’s Durga Puja celebration, you can find both colorfully decorated pandals and the displays of Ramayana episodes. The beautiful Maa Durga all decked up in fineries, are just so mesmerizing that it becomes hard to keep your eyes off.

It’s the time where women take out all of their ethnic dresses and jewelry and adorn themselves in the prettiest manner as possible.  

The celebration of Durga Puja in Hyderabad starts with the worship of Lord Ganesha followed by women dancing around a flower arrangement.

9. Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehra is one of the most famous Dussehra festivals celebrated in Himachal Pradesh. Even, the state has given Kullu Dussehra festival a status of an International festival which fascinates tourists and worshippers all across the globe in large numbers.

One of the main highlights of Kullu Dussehra celebration is instead of burning statues of Ravana, the celebration ends with the Lankadhan ceremony. Under which the burning of the Lanka basically made up of dry leaves, grass, and twigs on the banks of river Beas.

10. Bastar, Chhattisgarh Dussehra

In Bastar, the celebration of Durga Puja is organized for 75-days. The celebration is all about nature, spirituality, and worship of Devi Danteshwari.

Distinctive rituals at this age-old tribal festival include deri gadhai(posting of the pillars, kalash sthapana), kachan gaadi(throne installation for Devi Kachan), Muria durbar(conference of tribal chieftains) and on the last day ohadi(farewell to the goddess).

The 10 days long festival of Dussehra brings peace and festivity and this festival is celebrated with much pomp at numerous fascinating locations of India.

However, every state of India has its own culture and flavor to celebrate this auspicious festival of Maa Durga. So, explore the above-given places and take the eternal blessings to lead a life filled with prosperity and happiness.