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Top 10 Indian Cities to Visit During Dasara (Dussehra) Festival

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Dussehra or Dushara Festival

Dussehra or Dushara Festival

Dussehra or Dushara Festival

Dussehra or Dasara is the most precisely celebrated Hindu festival of India. It's a ten day celebration that is also known as Vijaya Dashami, Rannavami, Dasara, Dashain and Ramlila that is celebrated every year in the month of Ashvin (Ashwayuja), on the 10th day of Shukla Paksha of Hindu Calendar (usually that falls in between 15th SEP to 30th OCT). The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Daemon king Ravana. And on the last day of Dussehra (on 10th day they), people burn the effigy of Daemon king Ravana along with his son Meghnaad and brother Kumbhakaran.

May all the tensions in your life burn along with the effigy of Ravana. May you be successful and happy ever! Happy Dussehra!

May all the tensions in your life burn along with the effigy of Ravana. May you be successful and happy ever! Happy Dussehra!

The Hindus celebrate Dussehra to mark the victory of good Lord Rama, and the triumph of virtue over evil or immoral. Some other trusts to start Dussehra celebration are,

• To mark the victory of Lord Rama over Daemon king Ravana.
• The arrival of Goddess Durga, during Novratri.
• To mark the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

Top Ten Dussehra Capitols of India

The tradition of Dasara celebration varies in different part of India that represents the antique culture, music and traditions of the region. But the Ramlila (A Drama to present the life of Lord Rama) and “Ravan Dahan” (Burning the statue of Daemon King Ravana) is common, which is being presented and celebrated in traditional ways. Some Indian cities are prevalent for Dasara/Dussehra celebration that has rare and exceptional mode of celebration. These are the top ten most popular destinations to celebrate Dussehra festivity.

Mysore (or Mysuru) city is located in Karnataka state that is around 200 km away from the most popular silicon city of India and state capitol "Bengaluru". Earlier Mysore was known as the kingdom of Mysore and it was the part of the Wodeyar dynasty, since year 1399 to 1947. The city is also a business capitol for spices, silk and sandalwood.

Nowadays Mysore is a most illustrious tourist destination of India and Karnataka State that has many popular tourist attractions like Mysore Palace, Brindavan Garden, Kukkarhalli Lake, Chamundeshwari temple, and Palace lake museum. And is a most popular tourist destination for remarkable Dasara celebration.

Mysore Dasara is a 10-day celebration and state festival of Karnataka state of India that is also known as ‘Naada Habba’. The Royal Mysore Dasara is the most popular Dasara celebration of India, which is a private affair of the royal family of Mysore. The Dasara celebration began with the worship of Lord Rama that falls on the 10th day of 'Navarathri' (The nine-nights worship Goddess Durga). The tradition was started since the Vijayanagar Kings in the 15th Century and the rulers of Srirangapatanam, continued this religious celebration under the leadership of Raja Wodeyar (The king of Wodear Dynasty), since year 1610.

The outstanding fire work, lightened Mysore city and Mysore Palace, cultural dance and religious programs, the live performance of Musicians and dancers are the main attractions of Mysore Dasara. The stage performers and dancers are being invited from different part the Karnataka and other States, which is organized by the royal family of Mysore along with the support of state government officials. The other attractions of Mysore Dasara are, the wrestling tournament held in the Devraj Urs stadium, the enormous torch light parade and Jumbo Sawari (the elephants march).

Kullu is a small town of Himachal Pradesh state that is a most famous destination Honeymoon and summer vacation and also known as the “Valley of Gods” and "the valley of flowers”. The striking Kullu town is sited on the banks of Beas River and encircled by green majestic hills that is enclosed with Deodar and Pine trees and has a couple of open spectacular panoramic views and profound valleys.

Kullu Dussehra

The Kullu Dussehra festival is a splendid celebration of seven days that is being organised every year, at Dhalpur Maidan (Dhalpur ground). Dhalpur ground is a large open site, positioned between beautiful panoramic mountain streams.

The Dussehra celebration of Kullu is rare and quite different, which is also declared an international event since year 1972.

  • Kullu Dussehra is a seven day celebration. Weather in rest of India it’s a ten day celebration.
  • Native people, process a Ratha that visits through the town and carries the Lord Raghunath, along with other deities.
  • Every year a mass cultural program is being organized during Dasara festival that includes the participants from all over the world. And Kullu Dussehra is declared an international event since 1972.
  • During Dusshera celebration people worship around 250-300 idols, located in the contiguous villages of Kullu.
  • Kullu dussehra is recorded in Limka book od records and Guinness book of world records for mass gathering of folk dancers and self managed administration free carnival.

Varanasi is the most ancient city of the world, dating to the 11th century B.C. and also known as Kashi, Banaras, Benaras. The ciry is measured the holiest city for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and also regarded as the spiritual capital of India that has around 2000 sacred Hindu temples, the most popular temples is the golden temple of Lord Shiva, which is known as Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The city is located at the banks of the Holy river Ganga and hasmany religious trusts for Hindus in India. Apart from its spiritual and religious importance, Varanasi is also a hub for cultural and ancient Vedic study and has the largest university of the world known as the ‘BHU: Banaras Hindu Vishwavidyalaya”.

The most famous tourist places of Varanasi are the Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Ram Nagar fort, Durga Kund temple, Birla Temple of BHU and many ancient temples and Ghats. Varanasi is also famous for its Banarasi Silk Saree, Pan and Thandai and Malaiyo dishes.

The celebration of Dusshera is very special in Varanasi, which is the one among most popular Dussehra celebrations of India. In Varanasi people celebrate all three festivities together,

  • Dussehra and Ramlila,
  • Durga Puja and
  • Ganga Dusshera

The Ramlila of Ram Nagar, Varanasi, is a word famous dramatic presentation of the whole life of Lord Rama. Being performed every year for the 31 successive nights.

The Ramlila of Ram Nagar was started by the king of Varanasi, Kashi Naresh Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh in the year 1836 that is famous for its excessive drama sets, Hindi and Maithili mixed dialogues and eminent exhibitions. Everyday a Holy Arati (Prayer) is being performed before closing the show and huge number of devotees, and tourists gather to attend the Arati (Prayer) and they chant "Har Har Mahadev" or" Bolo! Raja Ramchandra ki Jai".

Durga Puja, Varanasi

Durga Puja is most preciously celebrated Hindu festival of North India and a celebration for nine days. Most precious festival of West Bengal and for the Bengalis of North East Indian states like Assam and Meghalaya. The last day of Durga Puja is known as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami, which is one of the most auspicious days of ten days. The most of the Hindus keep fasting at this holy occasion. The pageantry and fanfare of Durga Puja can be marked at its best in Varanasi. The Durga Puja of Hathua market is most famous Durga Puja of Varanasi.

Ganga Dussehra

The River Ganga is Holiest River for Hindus in India, which is worshiped equally like a goddess and called as Maa Gnaga (Mother Ganga). Hindus believe the River Ganga landed on earth from Heaven, to wash the sin of devotees and sanctify a blissful life for humans. Every year Ganga Dusshera is being celebrated in Varanasi to mark the Holy River Gnaga, which is a unique and most popular celebration in India.

Kota was the part of the earlier Rajput kingdom of Bundi, till the last of 17th century. But later it was established a separate state and was known as KOTAH. At present Kota is 25th largest district, Rajasthan state and hub for the students, preparing for competitive exams. Also the City has many tourist allures, the old Rajput palaces, monuments and gardens are the foremost tourist attractions of Kota.

The most famous tourist destinations of Kota are,

Palace and Temples:
Moti Mahal, Raniji Ki Baoli, Garadia Mahadev Temple, Baroli Temples (Badoli Temples), Royal Cenotaphs in Kota, Kinabalu City Mosque.

Park and wildlife century:
7 Wonders park, Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal river site visit, Kishore Sagar artificial lake, Bardha Dam.

Sawan Phuhar Waterpark, Hariyali Water Park.

The Dussehra celebration of Kota is an age old traditions that was started in 1723 AD. The Kota Dussehra celebration was also known for the largest Dusshera festivity of India that was started by the Rajput ruler mainly accredited to Mahrao Durjanshal Singh Hada, who started the Dussehra celebration at the banks of the Chambal River and the tradition is still alive. Kota Dussehra is famous for its fantastic adornment of Ramlila stage and the 75 – 80 feet tall statues of the demons king Ravana. Burning of the statue of Daemon Ravana, known as Ravan Dahan is an attraction of Kota Dussehra. The statues are filled with crackers and fire work at Ravan Dahan is an astonishing and exceptional experience of Kota Ramlila.