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10 Best Places in India for Dussehra Ramlila Celebration

Updated on February 2, 2017
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Dussehra is the most sacred festival of India that is also known as Dasara, Vijayadasami, Ramnavami and Ramlila. It’s a ten day celebration that starts at the Hindi month of Ashwin or Kartik (September-October). Hindus observe the festival to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and marks the victory of Lord Rama over the evil king Ravana.

The word Dussehra (Or Dasara) is taken from Sanskrit that is the combination of two words,

“Das”, -Taken from another name of evil king Ravana,
The demon king Ravana was a ten Headed Demon, who was also known as Dasagriva, Dashaanan and Dashamukha.

“Hara” - means defeated.

So, the meaning of Dussehra is “The defeat of ten headed Devil king Ravana”.

The Demon King Ravana
The Demon King Ravana | Source

The festival start at same time at everywhere in India and the world, but the ways to celebrate vary that represents the art, music and customs of that place. Though the Dussehra celebration is trendy and buoyant at every part of India, but the festival is extraordinary at some of the places. Below are the top 10 most popular Dussehra celebration of India.

1. Mysore Dasara, Karnataka

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Mysore Dasara, Karnataka
Mysore Dasara, Karnataka | Source
Dasara Dolls in Mysore
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Mysore is famous for its royal celebration that was started before 200 years. The main attractions of celebration are the traversing of well-trained elephants, decorated with garland and gold jewelry, carrying the gold awning of “Goddess Chamundeshwari” and the amazing illumination and lighting at Mysore palace.

2. Kullu Dussehra, Himachal Pradesh

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Kullu Dussehra
Kullu Dussehra
Kullu Dussehra | Source

The Kullu Dussehra is a grand celebration of seven days in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, organized in Dhalpur Maidan, sited between lush green mountain streams. The celebration was started in the 16th century, by the King of Killu “Raja Jagat Singh”, He installed the statue of “Raghunath ji”, which was imported from Ayodhya and every year thousand of devotees and tourists are gathering during the Dussehra festival to celebrate the festival and regard the Lord Raghunathji. T

Kullu Dussehra is celebrated by Hindu and Vedic rituals, and the main attractions of celebration are international Folk Festival, Phool Yatra (Flower carnival), Rath Yatra and the drama performed to present the life of Lord Rama that is known as Ram Lila.

3. Bastar Jagdalpur Dussehra, Chhattisgarh

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Bastar Jagdalpur Dussehra, Chhattisgarh
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Bastar Jagdalpur Dussehra, Chhattisgarh | Source
Bastar Jagdalpur Dussehra, Chhattisgarh
Bastar Jagdalpur Dussehra, Chhattisgarh | Source

The Dussehra celebration in Bastar starts every year on the 14th of August, with ancient rituals of “Pata Jara”, which is the worship of woods. And at 13th day devotees starts presiding the idols from “Chota mandirs” (Small temples) around Bastar to Jagdalpur city by the “Dussehra Rath”. The vehicle with wooden wheels, build by the Saoras of Orissa to transport the deity.

Apart from its remarkable celebration and unique rituals, the Dussehra of Jagdal Pur Bastart is also acknowledged for its exceptional history and specifics,
• The grand celebration of 75 days, started before 500 years.
• The celebration was started By the king ‘Purushotam Dev”.
• The Jagdal Pur in Bastar is the place where Lord Rama had spent the 14 years of his exile.

4. Pauri Ramleela of Uttarakhand

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Pauri Ramleela Uttarakhand

If you want to recall the ancient Hindu rituals of Dussehra celebration then Pauri can be the best place for you. The Pauri Ramlila ground is the antique ground of the Pauri Garhwal City, where Pauri's famous Ramlila take place every, which was started before 116 years. Usually the visitors are making a trip to Pauri during Dusshera festival and visiting Haridwar, to take a Holy Bath at the occasion of Ganga Dussehra at Har ki Pauri.

5. Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh

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Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh | Source
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Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh | Source
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Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh | Source
Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh
Ramnagar Ramlila (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh | Source

The Ramlila of Ram Nagar, Varanasi, is a word famous dramatic presentation of the whole life of Lord Rama, which is performed every year for the 31 successive nights on the stage. It was started by the king of Varanasi, Kashi Naresh Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh in the year 1836. The Ramlila of Ramnagar is famous for its excessive sets, Hindi and Maithili mixed dialogues and eminent exhibition.
And every a Arati (Prayer) is being performed, before closing the show. The huge number of devotees, and tourists gather to attend the Arati (Prayer) and chanting the "Har Har Mahadev" or" Bolo! Raja Ramchandra ki Jai".

6. Ramlila Maidan, Delhi

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Ramlila Maidan, Delhi | Source
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Ramlila Maidan, Delhi | Source

The Delhi Ramlila was started by the Bahadur Shah Zafar, in the year 1836. In the early days of starting, it was the most traditional celebration. Though still, it’s celebrated traditionally but it’s renewed to modern theatrics, special music effects and outstanding firework at the end. The daily parade of costumed performers, starting from old Delhi (Chandni Chowk) to the Ramlila Ground and occasional surprise visit of Bollywood stars make the festival livelier.

7. Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan

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Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan | Source
Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan
Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan | Source
Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan
Kota Dussehra Mela, Rajasthan | Source

The Kota Dussehra celebration an age old traditions started since 1723 AD and is one of the largest Dusshera Celebration of India, which was started in the course of the reign of Mahrao Durjanshal Singh Hada. Kota Ramlila is celebrated every year on the banks of the Chambal River in Kota, Rajasthan. The fantastic adornment of Ramlila stage and the 75 – 80 feet tall statues of the demons king Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad filled with crackers, are the astonishing and exceptional attraction of Kota Ramlila.

8. Kanpur Dasara, Uttar Pradesh

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Kanpur Dasara, Uttar Pradesh | Source

The Dussehra celebration of Kanpur is entirely different and exceptional. Kanpur is the only place where people do not burn the statue of demon king Ravana, they do his worship and chants of “Ravana Baba Namah” from whole day and mourned his death. A very rare 116 year old Ravan Temple is also present in the city, known as Kailash Temple.
The people of Kanpur consider the demon king Ravana was equally braved, intelligent, knowledgeable and intellect as Lord Rama. Also, he was the greatest Shivbhakta of the time, so he may not be the negative figure and must be regarded.

9. Madikeri Dasara, Karnataka

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Madikeri Dasara, Karnataka | Source

The Madikeri Dasara was started in the year 1800 that has a very special and rare tradition of the procession of Mantapas from ten temples. And a rare event of prayer of Kharagas (Royal Weapons) at ninth night of Vijayadashami and continued till next day morning at 10 am.
The king of Coorg Doddaveera Rajendra used to celebrate the worships like - Ayudha Pooja, Sri Devi Pooja and Navarathri. Also the chanting of Mantras was started at every temple during his rule since year 1781 to 1809 and this tradition is still endorsed and people celebrate Dussehra with all-inclusive age-old customs.

10. Lucknow Dussehra, Uttar Pradesh

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The Dussehra celebration and Ramlila of Lucknow is an age old convention at Ramleela maiden of Aishbagh. That attained high importance in this year because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to attend it and that encouraged the Ramlila comity to set a new standard, a record 121 feet tall to suit of Ravana were constructed.

The Ramlila of Lucknow also represents the unity and integrity of people of Lucknow, the start of Ramlila was dated back to the times of Tulsidas that developed a permanent setting. The land was gifted by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah, he donated 6.5 acres for the Eidgah and the Ram Leela Maidan in year 1800 and still the largest mosque in Lucknow is positioned across the Ramlila Maidan.

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