India’s people are in a festive mood during October, to celebrate the grand Indian festival Dussehra. It’s one of India’s supreme festival that is celebrated for a period of nine nights and ten days. Dussehra Celebration marks the achievement of right over wrong.
This auspicious Dussehra festival is celebrated because the King of Ajodhya, Lord Rama, defeated the King of Lanka, demon Ravana. The last day of Dussehra is called Vijayadashami.
This day is followed by burning the Ravana’s statue, the King of Lanka, Meghnath statue, the son of Ravana and Kumbhakarna statue, Ravana’s brother.
Let’s celebrate this auspicious festival with your family and friends by sharing some incredible Dussehra quotes, status and wishes to them.
How do you celebrate Dussehra?
The Great Indian Hindu festival is celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm in different parts of the country, followed by various cultures, traditions and fun activities of Dussehra. Dussehra celebration starts on the first day of Navratri and carries on till the last day.
Here are some of the ways for Dussehra Celebration: –
- Some special arrangements are made to organize a dramatic event “Ramlila”, to eanct the exceptional and significant epic, Ramayana.
- The effigies of demon Ravana, his son Meghnath and his brother Kumbhakarna are made in open ground and burned on Dussehra’s day, followed by fireworks.
- Families, Friends & Children visit local fairs organized in Dussehra and enjoy the street side meals.
- Some Indian authentic sweets are prepared on the occasion of Dussehra at homes to give a festive touch.
- People wear new and traditional clothes in vibrant colours on this grand festival.
How is Dussehra celebrated in different parts of India?
The Dussehra celebration in India is remarkable! It is celebrated in infinite number of ways all over the country but the key part of all the celebration lies in the same soul and essence of celebrating the triumph of right over wrong.
The people in different states and different regions of India celebrate Dussehra with their tradition & culture. But one thing that remains common in all these traditions is that they all are full of energy, strength, and excitement.
In West Bengal, Dussehra is all about the celebration of killing the buffalo demon Mahishasura by the glorious and powerful Goddess Durga. And in other parts of India, Dussehra marks the celebration of defeating demon Ravana by Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Let’s have a look at how Dussehra is celebrated in different parts of India.
Dussehra in Kolkata
Dussehra is considered to be the most famous and most prominent puja of West Bengal, Kolkata. The city of joy is transformed and decorated like a bride.
Huge eye-catching Pandals are set up all over the city, decorated beautifully with large idols of Goddess Durga and all based on a different and unique theme. People enjoy mouth-watering street foods of Kolkata during Dussehra.
The incense smoke of burning coconut husk spreads in the air as people worship Goddess Durga by holding earthen pots in their mouth and dance. Traditional Delicious delicacies are offered as bhog and served in the pandals.
On the last day of Dussehra, married women wave goodbye to Goddess Durga by celebrating the most important ritual of sindoor khela.
Women offer sweets, betel leaves to Goddess Durga. They commemorate the sindoor khela rituals by putting sindoor on each other’s faces for their happy married life.
One must visit and enjoy Kolkata Durga Puja once to get a life-time experience!
Dussehra in Mysore
Mysore experiences one of the most glorious forms of Dussehra celebration in the country.
In Mysore, Goddess Chamundeshwari, the manifestation of Goddess Durga and the defeater of Mahishahura is worshipped. Dussehra is celebrated by decorating the royal heritage, Mysore palace with over 1,000,00 bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm and, it’s beauty will leave you astonished.
During the Dussehra celebration, many cultural events and programs are organized in front of the beautifully decorated Mysore Palace.
The festival ends with elephants grand procession, carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari on top embellished in lavish accessories throughout Mysore streets. Head on to Mysore for enjoying it’s royal and grand Dussehra.
Dussehra in Ahmedabad
The people of Ahmedabad celebrate Dussehra as Navratri with full zeal and enthusiasm. It’s one of the much-awaited annual festivals of Gujarat and is celebrated with full fervor. People are engaged in Garba, singing, and dancing on traditional folk melodies.
People gather together, in the evening dressed in vibrant
colors wearing chaniya cholis, kediyus and kafni pyajamas turning and twisting in the beat of the dhol. The famous and iconic Gujarati aarti dance is accomplished to honor and worship Goddess Durga.
The devotees visit several iconic temples like Ambaji temple, Chamunda Mata Temple, and Goddess Ashapura Mata. The Dussehra celebration of Gujarat will leave a long-lasting impression on you.
Dussehra in Kullu
The Dussehra Celebration in Kullu’s hills and valleys is inspired by the inheritance of rich culture and tradition.
On the eve of Dussehra, Kullu Valley’s Dhalpur maidan is beautifully embellished with colorful flowers and illuminated with dazzling lights to celebrate Dussehra.
In the 17th Century, the King of Kullu, placed the statue of Lord Rama on his royal seat on the day of Dussehra, and since then, Lord Rama was proclaimed as the ruling God of Kullu.
In the Dussehra celebration of Kullu, they don’t burn the effigies of Ravana instead, the tradition is followed by burning a heap of bushes on fire, which is considered as burning of Lanka.
As the Dussehra celebration starts, Goddess Hadimba is taken away from the temple in Manali to the grand royal family palace in Kullu.
Later, the procession is carried out ,and the Goddess Hadimba is carried out to Dhalpur and is placed near the statue of Lord Rama, where she stays with all gods and goddesses until the festival comes to an end.
People enjoy cultural events, fairs, and exhibitions organized across the maidan, which adds to their enjoyment and excitement.
And the celebration of Dussehra finally comes to an end on the last day by submerging the idols of Gods and Goddesses in the Beas river.
Dussehra in North India
Dussehra Celebration in North India is carried out in a very spectacular manner. The conquer of Ravana by Lord Rama is celebrated by recreating and organizing the event in a big ground across the city.
During Navratri and Vijyadashmi, all the temples are embellished beautifully and the sound of religious melodies humming all around.
Ramleela is conducted in every corner of the city, and many people also observe fasts for a period of nine days during Dussehra Celebration.
On the last day of Dussehra you will see the burning statues of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkarana with amazing fireworks brightening up the sky.
The whole of the city is set up with colourful and different designs of pandals of Goddess Durga. People in North India celebrate Dussehra by pandal hopping, enjoying the various big fairs, and treating themselves with some mouth-watering street foods and meals in restaurants.
Dussehra in Punjab
Dussehra in Punjab is celebrated by worshipping the Goddess Shakti. Most of the people of Punjab keep fast in Navratri for seven days.
After that, they organize Jagraata in which they are awake for the whole night singing and dancing on religious and devotional songs.
The eighth day of Navratri is called Ashtami, and On this day, they break their fast by organizing Kanjak in which nine young unmarried girls( called Kuvari kanya ) are worshipped, and delicious bhog and gifts are offered to them.
Experience the Dussehra Celebration of Punjab by eating Langar at Gurudwaras and relishing some authentic Punjabi delicacies or street foods.
Dussehra in Tamil Nadu
In Tamil Nadu, Dussehra is celebrated beautifully by honoring Goddess Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Married women exchange gifts such as Kumkum, money, betel leaves, coconuts women by visiting each other’s home
People visit the most famous Arultharum Mutharamman Thirukoil Temple to worship and seek the blessing of Lord Mutharamman. Enjoy some famous dishes of Tamil Nadu like Thirunelveli Halwa, Kumbakonam Degree Filter coffee, Kancheepuram Idly in Dussehra.
Dussehra in Chennai
Dussehra, known as Bommai Kolu in Chennai is a glorius event in the streets of Chennai that is enhanced with Kolus (means the statues of Gods and Goddesses are arranged on wooden steps). The group of idols represents the scenes of Mahabharata, Ramayana and the battle of demon Mahishasura with Goddess Durga.
The culture and tradition of Chennai not only focus on old folklore, but even respect the glory of our wedding rituals, honor our heroes like Olympic winners, and other things like our innovation and creativity.
You must have a look at the colourful group of statues that is brightening up the city and streets of Chennai on this grand occasion.
Dussehra in Maharashtra
In Maharashtra, people celebrate Dussehra by visiting their friends and families, giving Dussehra wishes, and exchanging gifts.
Maharashtrian culture and tradition also include the swapping of aapta leaves, which signifies gold that brings happiness and prosperity.
The occasion of Dussehra is also believed to be favourable and lucky for buying new houses, vehicles, and gadgets. Special sweets and delectable meals are prepared on the eve of Dussehra in Maharashtra.
Dussehra comes to an end by burning the effigies of demon Ravana to commemorate the victory of good over bad.
Dussehra in Kerala
We all are very much aware that Kerala is one of India’s most educated states, and so the core of the Dussehra celebration also lies in initiating education.
Students worship Goddess Saraswati and seek her blessings by keeping all their books in front of Goddesses together with jaggery, sugarcane, and roasted paddy for the period of two days.
On the occasion of Dussehra, books are taken away after performing a special puja. Dussehra Celebration of Kerala also includes the worship of vehicles, domestic animals and musical instruments by the people.
The Victory of Lord Rama is celebrated by burning the statue of demon Ravana carried together with the bursting of crackers.
Relish some delectable sweets and mouth-watering delicacies on the eve of Dussehra.
Dussehra in Hyderabad
Dussehra, the festival of flowers, is celebrated in Hyderabad by worshipping Goddess Gauri called Bathukamma. Bathukamma means ‘Mother Goddess” come alive.
The celebration of Dussehra in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana begins by worshipping Lord Ganesha, together with a group of women dancing around the beautiful floral arrangement prepared by keeping seven concentric circles of wood one by one on each other to create a temple gopuram.
The festival of Dussehra in Hyderabad, Telangana and other parts of Andhra Pradesh begins on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and comes to an end on Durgashtami Ashwayuja. Each day is named according to the variety and kind of food offered to the Goddess on that day.
Enjoy the delicious and delectable food like payasam and sabudana vada , have fun on different types of rides and brighten up your night by the several performances by artists, singers and dancers during the Dussehra festival in Hyderabad.
Dussehra in Chhattisgarh
Dussehra Puja is always special in the Hindu religion as we worship goddess Durga for nine long days, and we welcome her with all love and respect.
Have you ever wondered why Dussehra is special in Chhattisgarh? There are multiple reasons and customs which promote it to celebrate with passion for the whole 75 days.
Dussehra Puja in Chhattisgarh is being celebrated from the last 600 years with enthusiasm and happiness.
Dussehra puja is very auspicious and religious festival for each one of individual. It’s a festival of trust, winning over deception. Chhattisgarh is the only unique place where the Raavan’s model is being not killed on Dashmi.
These are some of the fantastic and unique ways of the Dussehra Celebration in different parts of India. There are many more places and many more spectacular ways to celebrate this grand Indian festival.
Now it’s your turn to share how you celebrate the festival of Dussehra. Please make sure to let us know in the comments section!