Dussehra : A delightful celebration
neha | 03 Oct 2018

Long drawn celebrations and festivities are a part of our rich history and cultural heritage of India. Dussehra is a very famous festival and celebrated as victory of truth over evil forces in the whole country. Every nook and corner of the country get dazzled and sparked with zest and the endless enthusiasm.

Other names of Dussehra 

Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami. Before Vijayadashmi, Navratri, the nine days follow it. These nine days dedicated to nine form of Maa Durga. 

When it is celebrated: 

Navratri is celebrated for nine nights but it begins of the bright fortnight of Ashvin or Ashwayuja. These nine days of Navratri, people do puja of the different form of Maa Durga. The tenth day of Shukla paksha of the month of  Ashvin or Ashwayuja according to Hindu calendar is known as Dusshera.

a glance on background 

Dussehra festival signifies the triumph of good and love over evil and hatred. According to Hindu mythology,  There are many stories behind  Dussehra, Navratri, and Vijayadashami.  Lord Ram's victory over the ten-headed demon Ravana who had abducted Lord Ram's wife and taken her to his palace. On the other side, Lord Ram was along with his brother and follower  Hanuman who had a huge army of monkeys to fight a battle with Ravana and rescue the Goddess Sita. 

It is the also celebrated of marks a reverence over the buffalo demon  Mahishasura of goddess Durga.  The demon Mahishasura had acquired

undefeatable power by Lord Shiva and after some time he became arrogant and proud. He destroyed the earth and created terror for the Gods in Swarg Lok. Finally, a solution was obtained by The God Brahma who was born to Goddess Durga by amalgamating the power of all the male gods, the embodiment of Adi Shakti.

 The celebration has also marked the story of epic Mahabharata. As per agreement of dice game, defeated Pandavas were to spent twelve years of exile and one year in incognito (Agyaat Vaas). They want that nobody was to know their identities so they planned at the end of twelve years to hide their weapons beneath the Sami tree. After the incognito, they found their weapons at the same place. Pandavas worshipped the Shami tree and later emerged victorious against the war of Korova. These all stories are also commemorated during Dussehra.

Spirit  of Celebration  in different places 

West Bengal 

Durga Puja is a carnival of West Bengal, nothing can compare this festival in West Bengal.  Whole Eastern India and West Bengal, the long cultural extravaganza occurs primarily on days six through ten of Navratri. On eight day is celebrated as Goddess Durga's victory over Mahishasura which marks the commencement of elaborate pandals with puja, drum beats, the sound of cymbals and Artis performed in a beautiful dance form. A great procession is held on the tenth day as Durga Visarjan.

In whole Bengal, one can see the various style and decorated artistically pandals, people decked up in designer outfits and visit to beautifully sculpted and life-sized idols of Goddess Durga are installed in unique theme based pandal on the topical and contemporary subject.   The whole place fills the air of enjoying and revelry celebration, it is a great experience of Durga puja if one should be ideally there. 

Mysore Dasara

The  Dasara is a  synonym of  Dussehra, gets a  royal celebration that Mysore is known for.  The royal heritage ensures that the 10 days of the festival is celebrated with endless enthusiasm on the grand scale. During the celebration royal state seems illuminated from the sky and dazzling in colourful light.

Throughout the 10 days, Mysore gets to witness plenty of the music concert, lovely folk dance performance, wrestling, flower show, and the helicopter ride. along with the palace golden throne is kept in Darbar for public viewing.

A two month Dasara exhibition also takes place at the Doddakere Maidan, in the front of Mysore place  where  various kind of ornament, plastic ware

handicraft clothes and amusement rides are enjoyed by people. 

The highlights of  Mysore Dasara is royal procession also known as "Jamboo Savari" which is held in Vijyadashmi. The statue of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is kept in a golden mandap which is top on the beautifully decorated elephant accompanied with dance group,  music band, state police and mounted guards. Besides that camel and horses also present in the troop. 

Participate in the Other States

It is observed a great enthusiasm and devotion for  Delhi Ramlila, played in Ramlila Maidan and another one Red fort along with grand fairs.

The Dhalpur maidan of Kullu valley is a special attraction of Kullu Dussehra. More than lakhs of people gathered on the celebration of Vijayadashami from different corners of the world. The high point of this celebration is a heap of wood and grass is set to fire which symbolizes the burning of Ravana's Lanka and celebrates the win of good over evil. 

In northern India, besides the puja of  Maa Durga, Dandiya and Garbha grip the people in celebration mood with high spirituality till late night. 

If you are want to be a witness of these spectacles, ideally you should be there and make an unmissable set photo opportunities.