Dussehra is one of the widely celebrated festivals of India to honor the victory of good over evil. Different people in different parts of the country have different beliefs regarding the auspicious festival. Some parts of the country celebrate it as 9 days of Navratri when they fast for 7 days and worship Goddess Durga, while in some other regions of India, huge carnival like celebrations are organized. Some Indian states celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana and other destruction of Mahisasura by Goddess Durga. There are different ways of celebrating this occasion by Indians and in this blog, we have discussed about the amazing places to celebrate Dussehra and Navratri in India.
With sheer spirituality and religious grandeur in West Bengal
Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is known for its grand celebration of Durga Pujo or Dussehra. In the 10 days of Dussehra, the entire city transforms into a religious land with large pandals with idols of Durga, so beautiful and enchanting that you just won’t be able to take off your eyes from it. There are theme-based pandals with idols of Maa Durga and other deities such as Laxmi, Ganesh and Saraswati. The Gods are worshipped for 5 days and people gather in large numbers to celebrate the defeat of Mahisasura. The food and festive scene of Kolkata is worth a visit. Book cheap flights to Kolkata and be a part of the vibrant festival this year.
Be a part of Garba in Gujarat
You will witness one of the best Navratri in Gujarat! Here, Dussehra is celebrated as Navratri. The best way to celebrate Navratri in the state is by performing Garba, the main part of the festival as it is the folk dance of the state. Both men and women wear traditional dresses and dance to the tunes of the folk songs. Women wear multi-colored lehenga and Choli & men wear Kedia. The dance is performed throughout the night while worshipping Maa Durga (Goddess Durga).
See the huge procession of Raghunath in Himachal Pradesh
In Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Dussehra holds great significance and is celebrated with lot of excitement.
In this state, the festival continues for 7 days – a fair is organized in the Dhalpur Maidan where Lord Raghunath is worshipped by the locals and tourists visiting the place during this period also become a part of the celebrations. Villagers living nearby get statues of various local gods and goddesses in the procession. The valley remains loaded with festive joy and excitement for the entire week.
See the Ram Leela in Delhi
Delhi’s Dussehra is one of the best celebrations in India with the performance of entertaining yet spiritually fed script of Ram Leela. Dussehra in Delhi celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. In the evening of Vijay Dashmi or Dessehra, all the temples are beautifully decorated and Ram Leela is performed at different places. The most popular act is performed in the Ram Leela Maidan of the city. There are Durga Pandals (Pandals with idol of Goddess Durga) all around the city.
Witness the worship of Shakti in Punjab
Punjab is another important state celebrating Navratri or Dussehra with sheer spirituality and enthusiasm. Men and women keep fasts for 7 days and on the eighth day or Ashtami, they open their fast by worshipping Goddess Shakti and organizing Bhandaara for Kanjikas (nine little girls). During these days of Navratri, jagraata is organized in homes and temples where men and women sing devotional songs the whole night.
Celebrate with Ravan Dahan in Uttar Pradesh
Various cities and villages of Uttar Pradesh celebrate Dussehra by lighting the statue of Raavan by Lord Rama. This is to set an example of good winning over evil. Like Delhi, Ram Leela is also performed in some of the cities of Uttar Pradesh such as Lucknow, Varanasi, and Kanpur. Local artists take part in the role of Lord Rama, Hanuman, Lakhshman and Sita to bring on the stage, the epic saga of Ramayana. At the end of the Ram Leela, the idols of Meghnath, Kumbhakaran and Ravana are assassinated by setting them on fire. It is a thrilling sight indeed!
Indulge in nature worship in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh is known for its unique Dussehra celebration which involves rejoicing nature, worshipping the presiding deity and spirituality. Devi Danteshwari is worshipped across the state on Dussehra and various unique rituals are performed all around. Some of the most popular rituals include deri gadhei (kalash installation), pata jatra (worshipping wood), nisha jatra (night-time festival), kachan gaadi (throne set up for Devi Kachan), ohadi (farewell to deities) on the last day and muria durbar (meeting of all tribal cheftains).
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