Top 10 Indian Cities to Visit During Dussehra or Dasara Festival
Dussehra or Dasara 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.
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.
1. MYSORE, KarnatakaClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Royal Dasara of Mysore
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).
2. Kullu, Himachal PradeshClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
3. VARANASI (Ramnagar), Uttar PradeshClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
RAMNAGAR Ramlila (VARANASI)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
4. KOTA, RajasthanClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Kota, DussehraClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
5. DELHIClick thumbnail to view full-size
Delhi is capitol of India and an abode to numerous attractive and antique dwellings that include, which is also admired as the cultural capital of India. The ancient Indian traditions are still existent in Delhi that also includes some traditions, which are around 5000 year old. The celebration of any festival is exceptional in Delhi, people celebrate all the festivals with full of bliss and awe.
The most popular tourist destination of Delhi are - Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Akshardham temple, Lotus temple, Chandani Chowk, Humayun tomb and Rashtrapati Bhavan, India gate and many more. Also Delhi is well connected and nearby, from the major tourist destinations like Agra, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Haridwar.
Delhi, DussheraClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Dussehra celebration of Indian Capitol has an exceptional and distinctive way of Dussehra celebration. Delhi Dussehra is most famous for Ram Lila and the annihilation of Sky-high effigies of Ravana. The grand Dussehra celebration of Delhi was started by the Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar, in the year 1836 that is still eminent by traditional Hindu customs, mixed with modern art, music, dance and festivities. In many places a grand Devi Jagrata is being organized that is also known as Mata ki Chowki or Devi Jagran. The People gather together at Jagrata to praise goddess Durga’s for all-night.
6. JAGDALPUR (Bastar)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Though Baster is a least developed district of Chattisgarh state of India, but the tribes of Bastar are doting of Dance and music, and celebrate their festivals with complete enthusiasm and amusements. The main tourist attraction of natural and untouched, clean water river, falls, ancient temples and forest and wild life centuries. The most popular tourist destination of Bastar is a Goddess Danteshwari Temple, Tiratgarh Falls, Bailadila Mountains, Thamada Ghumar Falls, Thamada Ghumar Falls.
Bastar Dussehra of JagdalpurClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Bastar Dusshehra celebration starts every year on the 14th of August, which is celebrated by local tribes with ancient rituals of “Pata Jara” that is the worship of woods. And on the 13th day of celebration 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. They have own remarkable celebration and unique rituals which are uncommon and rare. Also the Dussehra of Jagdalpur is 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.
7. MADIKERI, KarnatakaClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Madekeri is a gorgeous small tourist town which is also known as “Coorg”. The name of the city is taken from the word “Muddurajakeri” that means “The town of Mudduraja's”, which was named after the king, Mudduraja who ruled from 1633 to 1687. The modern expansion of the city was raised during British rule, the Britishers lived here for 100 years and they call the place “Scotland of India” or “Kashmir of the south India”. The city is a summer paradise of south India, it has marvelous green mountain ranges surrounded by beautiful panoramic valleys and small villages, imaginative scenery and gloomy landscapes.
The most famous tourist spots of Medicare are the fabulous falls - Abbey falls, Iruppu Falls and fauna at best from Brahmagiri Peak, also Dubare Elephant Camp and Nagarhole National Park are the best proposition for animal lovers.
MADIKERI, DasaraClick thumbnail to view full-size
A rare tradition of Madikeri Dasara Celebration is to start the festival with parade of Mantapas from ten temples of the Madikeri town that was started in the year 2000 and still continued. And an inclusive age-old custom of prayer, of Kharagas (Royal Weapons) at ninth night of Vijayadashami is yet followed. The Medikeri Dasara festival was started by the king of Coorg, “Doddaveera Rajendra”. He started celebrating by Vedic Hindu rituals, the adorations of Ayudha Pooja, Sri Devi Pooja and Navarathri and chanting of Vedic Mantras that was started at every temple during his presiding, since year 1781 to 1809.
8. BARARA, near Chandigarh in AmbalaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Barara is a small town of Ambala district of Hariayan State in India, which is around 90 km away from Chandigarh, the state capitol of Hariyana. Ambala is basically a twin city involving of Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City. The Barara is most famous for its rich traditional existing and festival celebration.
The Dussehra of Barara is most famous for its eccentric juncture of Ramlila. Every year a drama to present the whole life of Lord Rama is being organized in Barara. The Ramlila of Barara is recorded to erect the tallest statue of Daemon king Ravana. People burn the statue of Ravana to mark the victory of Lord Rama and victory of good over bad and a motivation and devotion to burn corrupt eccentricity of self.
9. LUCKNOW, Uttar PradeshClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lucknow is the Capital city of Uttar Pradesh state, which is yet untouched and sophisticated city of India and also famous as the “City of Nawabs’. The ancient forename of the town was established from Lakshmana Tila that was taken from the name of brother of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and cities was known as Lakshmanpur. The Lucknow is also known for Mughal’s art, music, and fiction and its traditional integrity.
The city is also being considered among one of the oldest cities of the world and has lots of tourist destinations. The best Mughal architectural instances like, Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park are the attraction for tourists. Also the Moti Mahal, Chattar Manzil, British Residency, Lucknow Zoo, Constantia House and Ambedkar Park are the modern lures for visitors.
Lucknow, DussehraClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Dussehra celebration of Lucknow is an age old tradition that is being organised every year at Ramleela maiden of an Aishbagh area of the city. The Ramlila of Lucknow during the Dussehra festival 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. And the Ramlila of Lucknow has set a new standard of making tallest statue, which was 121 feet tall. The land to celebrate Dussehra was gifted by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah who donated 6.5 acres land in the year 1800, for Eidgah and Ramlila celebration.
10. AHMEDABAD, GujaratClick thumbnail to view full-size
The name of the City is taken from the name of Mughal king Sultan Ahmed Shah, which is located in Gujarat state that has its ancient history. Ahemedabad has proven history of civilization about 4500 years ago and also pronounced with the Indus Valley cities of Mohenjodaro and Harappa. The current Ahmedabad is a great tourist attraction destination that has the lot of interesting places to see in and around the city. The Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati is the most famous landmark in the city, also the ancient and modern temples are the attraction for tourists, the most famous temples are the Hathee Singh Temple, Swaminarayan Temple,, Vaishnodevi Temple, Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Temple and nearby Akshardham Temple.
The delightful lakes of Ahmedabad are the preeminent places to stopover, the most famous lakes are the Thor Lake, Vastrapur Lake, Kankaria Lake and Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat Science City are other popular modern tourism locations of the city.
Dussehra oh AhemdabadClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Dussehra festival is the best time to see the harmony of cultures and customs of India. You may get the best experience of Dussehra celebration in Gujarat for nine days. Ahmedabad looks the most delightful and elegant place during Dussehra and Navratri festival. A people Enjoy celebration for the whole night, the Garba dance of Ahmedabad, during Navratri is most popular.
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