The festival is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. People across the nation participate in the occasion in their own way, with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Dussehra 2017: Dussehra which is also known as Vijayadashami is a major festival which is celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. Each year this important festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Ashvin as per Hindu calendar. This year the whole nation is celebrating Dussehra on September 30. The festival is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. People across the nation participate in the occasion in their own way, with great zeal and enthusiasm. In the eastern part of India, Vijayadashami is the celebration of Goddes Durga’s triumph over the invincible Buffalo king Mahishasura. Both the legends signify the victory of good over evil. While it also marks the historic victory of Lord Ram over the evil King Ravana. Here are a few other interesting traditions you might want to know about the festival and how differently it is celebrated across the country:
Dussehra in Delhi
Poeple in the national capital enjoy musicals play – Ram Lila. The most popular one being at Ramlila Maidan in Old Delhi, reported the Indian Express. The play ends on the 10th day of Navaratri. Effigies of Ravan are burnt at the end of the play.
Dussehra in Mysore
One of the most spectacular Vijayadashami celebrations in the country can be enjoyed in Mysore. Out of the 10-day celebration of Mysore’s Dasara, illumination of Mysore Palace with about 100,000 light bulbs is the major highlight. It is lit from 7pm to 10pm on each day of the festival. The city honours Goddess Chamundeswari’s victory over the great demon Mahishasura, reported the Indian Express.
Dussehra in Gujarat
Dussehra in Gujarat simply transforms the whole city into a city of joy. People are filled with a different level of enthusiams and zeal. They perform aartis every morning and evening, and in the late evening they perform garba and dandiya.
Dussehra in Odisha, Bengal and Tripura
Unlike other parts of th country, Dussehra is a celebration of the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. On the 10th day after the ritual of Sindoor Daan, people in these states offer sweets, betel leaves and prasad to the idol of Durga and bid her a tearful goodbye, reported the Indian Express.