Joy and color are two most essential parts of every Indian festival. Stories are different, rituals are different, beliefs are different, legends and significance of celebration different but joy and color remain constant in every Indian festival. Each festival has its own history but we celebrate each festival with same love and enthusiasm. We share love and care among our loved once and a festival is just an occasion to express our emotions.
Now India is getting ready to celebrate Dussehra. Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi marks the victory of Lord Ram over the evil king Ravana, and the rescue of his wife Goddess Sita. The festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and conviviality because it also marks the beginning of the winter season after a long and difficult hot summer. Every state Of India celebrates this festival in different ways and with different rituals. So, lets have a look at few different and unique Dussehra celebration all along India-
1. Ravan Dahan
In north Indian states, gigantic effigies of the Ravana and his brothers and son are set aflame denoting victory of Lord Rama, the triumph of good over evil. Fairs are set up along with dancing and singing events.In Delhi NCR region you can have a glimpse of whole India since people from different parts of India celebrate Dussehra in their own way and all this diversity makes Delhi festival celebration incredible.
2. Lord Raghunathji Pujan
Kullu, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, celebrates a unique Dussehra. Celebrations begin here three days after the rest of India and people follow this ritual since the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. On the first day of the festival, the idol of Raghunath Ji is mounted on a beautiful chariot and pulled from its established place in the Dholpur maidan to another part of the field. On the second day, a Devta Durbar is held. On the last day of the festival, the chariot of Raghunath Ji is drawn amidst people to the banks of the river Beas and a holy fire is created to symbolize burning of Lanka. People of Kullu celebrate the third and the last day with feast and drinks.
3. Durga Puja
In West Bengal and many other parts of India, Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja, a celebration of the victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. People wear new clothes and celebrate with music, dance, and episodes of the drama. On the last day, holy statues of the Goddess Durga are taken out and immersed in a river.
4. Bommai Kolu
In south Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, families decorate dolls called Bommai Kolu and prepare a splendid embellishment of lamps and flowers. People exchange gifts of coconuts, clothes, and sweets as a tradition. On this auspicious occasion, children showcase their education in classical dance and music, to pay respect to their teachers.
5. Mysore Dasara
In Mysore, Dussehra is called Dasara, and is famously known as Mysore Dasara. The festival is celebrated in a royal fashion. On this day Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and her idol is paraded with elephants across the city. Buildings are decorated with lights and lamps which make whole city heavenly. This 10 day royal Mysore Dasara is a major tourist attraction among foreigners.
This festival might be celebrated in different ways and with different rituals across India, but at the end of the days it is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and denotes dominance of love and harmony. This is the day to show our gratitude to everything we have got and to thank nature for all the essential resources.