By : Boban John

September 22nd 2017

Places to visit during Dussehra Festival

Dussehra is one of the most auspicious festival in Hindu religion and is celebrated in different way in various cities. The name Dussehra is derived from the sanskrit word meaning the tenth and last day of Navratri. It also marks the triumph of the God Rama over the demon king Ravana . Let’s take a look at 5 different cities which is a must visit in the long weekend holidays of Dussehra to witness the impressive way of celebrating this festival :

1. Bastar

Dussehra celebration in Bastar is very uniquely celebrated with participation of leading tribes of the VIllage areas. Great devotion is shown to worship the idols and the people from villages gather at the temple of Danteshwari. Rituals like girl rolling on the bed of thorns and Jogi buried till shoulder beneath the land surface for nine days are part of the festival. Bastar is one of the must visit places if you feel like celebrating Dussehra with full devotion and explore something new.

2. Varanasi

Varanasi is one of most Holiest places in Hindu religion and it has tendency to attract large number of people on festive seasons. One such festival is the Dussehra, during which the city attracts tourists from every part of the world. People come here to witness the famous Ram Leela which is played in Ramnagar, 15 kilometers from the main city. Different locations in Ramayana are build through different structures to portray the essence in all its fullness. Sadhus from all over the country visit Ramnagar during this festival.

3. Kullu

Kullu has altogether a different perspective of celebrating Dussehra and attracts people from different cities to witness their way of celebration. It all starts with worshiping the idol of Lord Raghunathji. The locals carry the idol of different Gods to pay tribute to Lord Raghunathji, their major Deity. The last day i.e the tenth day is started with prayers and worship and the idol of Lord Raghunathji is carried to the Beas River where the Grass is put on fire which implies the burning and destruction of Ravana’s kingdom, Lanka.

4. Delhi

Delhi being located at the heart of India, celebrates Dussehra in the most entertaining way with pujas and worship being part of the entire festival. The first nine days, known as Navratri is a period of prayer and fasting and on the tenth day the Ravana is burnt using firecrackers along with his two brothers. It attracts people from various religion for fun and enjoyment and tourists also come in large number to witness this festival. All the temples of Lord Rama is decorated with lights, flowers and diyas. Epic Ramayana is portrayed through Ram Leela being played by artists at Ram Leela maidan. This festival has some amazing fireworks and tourist can also visit other attractions as well.

5. Ahmedabad

The city is decorated to the fullest for ten days and people are attracted in large numbers from corners of the world to witness Dussehra in Ahmedabad. Locals from the city wait for the evening of Garba and Dandiya Rasa and also it has become a famous art form for the foreigners and they too enjoy it equally. Goddess Amba is worshiped often by people of Gujrat during this festival.

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