Dussehra is a Hindu festival symbolizing the victory of truth and righteousness over all other evil forces. After a 10 day ceremony of fasting and traditional rituals (Navratri or the nine nights) Dussehra is celebrated all over India with great passion. The homecoming of Lord Rama after defeating Rawana and the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura (the buffalo demon), are the legendry events associated with this festival.
Also known as Vijayadashmi, Dussehra is celebrated with great fervor in North India. The effigies of Demon Rawava, his brother Kumbhakaran and his son Meghnaath are burnt to mark the victory of Lord Rama over their tyrannical regime. Apart from this, the celebrations also consist of various plays and Dance performances, collectively called the Ramleela, depicting the life of Lord Rama. These are especially mesmerizing and highly cheered in Delhi and Varanasi and shouldn’t be missed at any cost.
The festival is celebrated with extreme zeal and devotion in West Bengal, where the blessings of Goddess Durga are sought with immense Love. Easily available flights and trains to Bengal ensure that you get a flavor of the passion associated with the celebrations. Touring the city with cheaply available cabs and tour guides wouldn’t let you miss a single thing in this town of Indian Intelligentsia. In Mysore, the grand parade of elaborately festooned and bejeweled elephants and guards mounted on horses escorting the idol of Goddess Durga around the city is the major attraction of this festival. There are cultural fairs and performances in various parts of India. One must not miss the grand celebrations of this historic day. Various hotels and resorts offer discounts on this day, making one’s travel even more hassle free.
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