Dussehra 2017: From Bengal, Varanasi to Mysuru, see how the festival is celebrated around India

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New Delhi | Published: September 29, 2017 3:33:41 PM

Dussehra is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama who defeated 10-headed demon king Ravana and rescued to rescue his own wife Goddess Sita who had been abducted.

This year Dussehra falls on 29th September 2017. The day is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama who defeated demon Ravana and rescued his wife Goddess Sita. (Representational image/IE)

Dussehra is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama who defeated 10-headed demon king Ravana and rescued to rescue his own wife Goddess Sita who had been abducted. Huge statues of Ravana are burnt by the devotees on this day. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. This year Dussehra falls on September 29, 2017. With Dussehra or Vijayadashami, Navratri festival comes to an end. People across India celebrate the day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Plays from Ramayana showcasing the final moments of the battle are also performed by the artists in different parts of the country, as per India.com. One of the most famous plays is hosted in Delhi’s Ramlila ground. Here are the few ways the grand festival is celebrated:

1) Durga Puja/ Pujo is the biggest festival of West Bengal and it transforms the Kolkata into the city of joy and lights. As per Better India.com report, during the festival, it is very common to hop between pandal, as each pandal has a unique theme and tells its own story. While the public Durga Puja receives all the attention of the crowd, a little-known yet unique experience can be found at the traditional ‘Bonedi Bari’ pujas which are held in the city’s time-worn palatial mansions.

2) Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and its Ram Lila is something that enchants anyone who comes in contact with it. The Ram Lila has been performed beside the Ramnagar Fort since the early 1800s and was started by the then Maharaja of Benaras, Udit Narayan Singh, as per Better India.com report. The Ram Lila is performed on a grand scale with the entire area around the fort being transformed into a stage. Incredibly, the performance hardly uses mikes and loudspeakers, even when viewers number in the thousands, as per the report.

3) According to local folklore, Mysuru Dasara is celebrated with much pomp and grandeur to commemorate the event from which the city is believed to have got its name — the slaying of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Chamundeshwari (another name of Durga). As the deity is revered as a warrior goddess, the celebrations include military parades, athletic competitions, and cultural performances. Other highlights of the event are the special Durbar at the spectacularly lit Mysuru palace (attended by members of the royal family, officials, and the masses) and the majestic Dasara procession known as the Jumbo Savari.

4) The most-awaited annual event for the Gujarati’s, Navaratri Mahotsav in Ahmedabad is celebrated with great pomp and splendour. Nine nights of midnight buffets, energetic garba dances and chania cholis which seems to a different entity altogether can be found during this festive extravaganza.

5) As soon as Dussehra festival hits the streets of Chennai, the city gets decked up with kolus- simple tier-wise arrangement of idols of gods and goddesses on wooden padis. While the brightly coloured tableau represents the assembly of Goddess Durga during her battle with demon Mahishasura, it also depicts episodes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. As per Better India.com report, similar versions of this unusual festival are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in the neighbouring states of Karnataka (Bombe Habba) and Andhra Pradesh (Bommala Koluvu).

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