Where to witness grand Dussehra celebrations in India?

Priya Srivastava, TIMESOFINDIA.COM, TRAVEL TRENDS, INDIA Created : Oct 11, 2021, 18:00 IST

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Where to witness grand Dussehra celebrations in India

It’s that time of the year when people come out of their houses, get together and celebrate festivals. Come October-November and the diverse shades of Indian culture and tradition get ready to dazzle. One of the prominent Indian festivals is Dussehra, also known as Durga Puja and Vijayadashami, in different parts of the country.

Every Indian state has its own way of celebrating the beautiful festival. From Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, Dussehra in India is all about ethnic elegance.

Scroll down to know more about how India celebrates Dussehra.

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Ravan Dahan in Uttar Pradesh

Ravan Dahan is an important part of Dussehra celebrations in Uttar Pradesh. The edifice of Ravana is put on fire by Lord Rama at different places in the state which depicts the victory of good over evil. Best places to enjoy the celebrations are Varanasi, Lucknow and Kanpur, to name a few.

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Mysore Dussehra, Karnataka

People call the Mysore Dussehra celebration an experience of a lifetime. Mysore’s Dussehra celebration is one of a kind that includes cultural performances, parades and competitions. During this time, the famous Mysore Palace is decorated in the lights and a special Durbar is conducted for the royal family.

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Kullu Dussehra, Himachal Pradesh

The gorgeous hill town of Kullu in Himachal holds a special place when it comes to Dussehra celebrations. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in a unique way. The festivity here carries on for seven days and people worship Lord Raghunath.

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Kota Dussehra Fair, Rajasthan

The Dussehra fair in Kota is absolutely famous. The fair is attended by eminent artisans and cultural performers. The villagers dressed up in traditional costumes offer prayers to the lord and effigies of Ravana are burned to mark the end of the festival. The grand fair takes place on the banks of River Chambal.

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Garba in Gujarat

The colorful Indian state of Gujarat looks super beautiful during the time of Dussehra and Navratri. But the prime focus here is the beautiful garba folk dance. The prime aim of the festival is to bring people close and make them dance with multi-colored wooden sticks wearing beautiful traditional attires.

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Dussehra carnival, Madikeri, Karnataka

Madikeri’s Dussehra celebration happens on a grand scale! The festival talks about the history of the supremacy of Haaleri Kings in the region. This carnival-celebration is also known as Mariamma festival and people perform folk dances. It is one of the most unique ways to celebrate Dussehra in India.

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Delhi Ramlila

When it comes to Dussehra celebrations in India, Delhi is undoubtedly one of the best places. During this time, the whole city gets decked up as a bride. But the most prominent thing to do in Delhi during Dussehra is to watch the famous Ramlila at the Ramlila Maidan in Old Delhi. The theatrics take place on the day of Vijayadashami and the story of Lord Rama and how he won over Ravana is narrated. To see the most popular Ramlila musicals, you can head to Ramlila Maidan, located in Old Delhi.

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Bastar Dussehra, Chhattisgarh

Bastar Dussehra is a unique experience! Celebrated by the tribals in Chattisgarh, the celebrations here are carried out for 75 days. It is said that this tradition was started in the 13th century by the Bastar King Purushottam Dev in Bade Dongar. During these 75 days, a number of rituals are performed such as pata jatra, kachan gaadi and nisha jatra among others.

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