Dussehra is a widely popular and a great religious festival that is celebrated in every part of India. It is a Hindu festival that is also celebrated beyond the boundaries of India in countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This festival signifies and celebrated for various reasons.
It is a symbol of victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and victory of Goddess Shakthi over the demon Mahisashur. Adding to this, Dussehra is also celebrated as there is a belief that Pandavas of the great epic Mahabharata returned from their Vanavas. Moreover, on this auspicious day, Goddess Shakthi fought with the demon Mahisashur and Durga Mata went to the earth. This festival is a sign of celebrating the victory of good over the evils. It is also known as Vijayadasami and this year it falls on Saturday, 30 September 2017.
Dussehra is celebrated in unique styles in various corners of the India. People perform dances, dramas and play music. Ram Lila is the most popular drama during the nine days of Navaratri where the act of Lord Rama remains the centre of attraction. Adding to the celebration, devotees also offer prayer and various offerings to the God. In South India, people pray and keep Kolus in temples and homes. On this day, Hindus all over the world celebrate it by burning Ravana’s statue and worship Goddess Shakti.
With the emerging of Dussehra this year, it is the time again to enjoy this festival and see how good is going to destroy evil. For people who are excited to experience the real beauty of the festival, there are few places where Dussehra is celebrated in unique style and is now world famous. Kolkata is popular for its Durga Puja, Mysore, Delhi, Varanasi and Mysore for vibrant Dussehra celebration and Gujarat for enjoying the beauty of the Navratri.
With so much happening on the day of Dussehra, it means different things to different people. For people who fast for nine days during Navaratri celebrate it as the end of the fasting. For others, it is an opportunity to express their happiness and enjoy the fireworks in the local Mela and at home. During this day people go to available pandals to see how unique each pandal in different cities is. It is also the best festival for children to eat, married couples to dress traditionally and share the happiness with near and dear ones.