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Many faces of Dussehra: Many forms of the tenth day of Navratri, Dussehra is celebrated in different ways, sometimes celebrating 75 days and sometimes begging

On the occasion of Dussehra, the kings of Mysore take out a grand traditional procession in which the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden pot on an elephant.

Many faces of Dussehra: The festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the last and tenth day of Navratri. It is celebrated as a symbol of victory of Lord Rama over Ravana or to put it in other words, as the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated in different forms in different parts of the country as the victory of good over evil. In different parts of the country, it is celebrated in its own special way as Dussehra, Dasara, Bijoy Dashomi, Vijayadashami or Dashain. If this festival is celebrated for 75 days, then there is no burning of Ravana and somewhere Maa Durga is worshipped. This time Dussehra is on 15 October.

Ganga Dussehra

The descent of Ganga from heaven to earth is celebrated as Gangaavataran. It is mainly celebrated by the Hindus of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal; Through which the river Ganges passes. Ganga Dussehra is celebrated in grand form in Haridwar, Varanasi, Rishikesh and Patna. On this occasion, devotees gather on the banks of the Ganges for aarti. They take a dip in the Ganges.

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Mysore Dussehra

With Navratri, the 10-day state festival Mysore Dussehra begins. The kings of Mysore take out a grand traditional procession in which the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a gold platter on an elephant. This procession of elephant is called jumbo ride. Mysore Dussehra was started by the kings of Vijayapur in the 15th century. The festival started again in the 17th century when the Wodeyars of Mysore established their kingdom in the south and started the celebration of Mahanavami.


Navratri is one of the biggest festivals of Gujarat. In this, the devotees observe a fast, perform puja during the day, follow the tradition and perform Garba and Dandiya by wearing different colored clothes. Apart from this, devotees also visit Ambaji Temple, Chaumanda Mata Temple, Goddess Ashpura Mata. Devotees from all over the country reach here on this festival. Folk songs are sung on this occasion and singers are invited on the occasion of Dandiya and Garba. This program continues till late night.

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West Bengal

In Bengal, the 10th day of Durga Puja is celebrated as Vijayadashami. It is celebrated as the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. Married women offer vermilion to the goddess on this occasion and this festival is celebrated with betel leaves and sweets. After this, women apply vermilion on each other’s cheeks. Durga Puja is an important festival in the Shakta tradition of Hindus.


Dussehra is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the capital of the country, Delhi. Ramlila takes place in Ramlila Maidan and Red Fort for 10 days and then it ends with Ravana Dahan. The festival begins with a parade of Ramlila workers from Old Delhi to the Ramlila Maidan at Ajmeri Gate. Thousands gather on this occasion, but this time due to Corona, this time Delhi Disaster Management Authority has approved to celebrate this festival strictly.


The Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is very famous and more than 5 lakh people from all over the world gather at Dhalpur Maidan of Kullu Valley on this occasion. Here Dussehra begins on the tenth day of the rising moon i.e. on the day of Vijayadashami and then continues for seven days. It started from the 17th century when the idol of Raghunath was installed on the throne of Raja Jagat Singh. Lord Raghunath is worshiped on this occasion and villagers take idols of local deities here.

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The festival of Dussehra is indicative of Goddess Danteshwari in Chhattisgarh and it is called Bastar Dussehra here. Special worship programs are organized in the Danteshwari temple of Jagdalpur near Bastar. Bastar is special in some cases that Dussehra is celebrated here for 75 days and Ravana’s effigy is not burnt. People from all over the country come here on this occasion. The festival begins with Pat Jatra when wood is brought from the forest to make a chariot and then ends with the Muria court. During this, the problems of the common people are heard in the Maharaja’s court of Bastar.

Tamil Nadu

The Mutharamannan Temple, located in Kulasekharpattinam, a coastal region of the southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, comes alive on the ten-day festive occasion of Dussehra. On this occasion lakhs of devotees visit the temple in the form of king, beggar, monkey, devil or goddess. Devotees also beg in costume as they believe that it will help them to win over ego. For this, they also pray for freedom from their problems and diseases.

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