Dussehra is also known as Vijaya Dashmi (Vijaya means victory and Dashmi means tenth day). It is celebrated in all over India as it is believed that load Rama kills demon Ravana on this day. The word Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit word Dasha Hara, means destroyer of the ten headed evil Ravana.
Dussehra is celebrated not only in India, but also celebrated in many other countries like Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, and Mauritius. Dussehra is symbolized as the victory of good over evil and teaches us, bad things never survive for a long time. Let’s discuss the celebration of Dussehra is in different states of India.
Dusshera in North India
In north India, people perform Pooja in the morning and girls do tika on their brother’s forehead and pray for their long life. They prepare the variety of sweets. In evening there will be fair in every colony which followed by performing a drama of Lord Rama and Demon Ravana and then Lord Rama Kills Ravana and fires Ravana effigies. Children enjoy this whole movement and learn a lesson of victory of good on devilish.
Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh:
Dussehra is significant as a festival in Kullu. It is a cultural and traditional festival in state Kullu. Every year Dussehra is celebrated in Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. History of Kullu says that back to the 17th century local King “Jagat Singh” installed a statue of Lord Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance and then God Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley.
Dussehra of Gujarat with Gurba
In Gujarat, Dussehra is celebrated with a folk dance of Gujarat (Gurba), played during the nine days of Navratra. Garba dance is the main attraction of the festival as people gather over there from every state to join the dance on the folk songs.
Bengal, Orissa and Assam Dussehra
Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja in bengal, orissa and Assam as devotees believe that Goddess Durga kills evil demon Mahishasur on this day. The statue of Maa Durga is made and established beautifully in Pandals in Navratri in these areas. Durga pooja is performed from Sashti and followed by Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and a great Pooja held on the tenth day on Dussehra. Women offer Sindoor on the forehead and on each other of the goddess Durga.
Famous Dussehra of Mysore
Dussehra celebrated in Mysore is a representative of great harmony between historical and religious culture and very much popular around the world. The entire city is decorated with flowers, Diya, and bulbs lightening. The city is illuminated for a whole month during the festival season of Dussehra and Diwali. Elephants are leading a colorful procession through the vibrantly decorated streets of the city. The Mysore celebrations also strongly emphasize goddess Durga legend.