Dussehra 2023: Today marks the festival of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, in India. Dussehra is celebrated as a symbol of the victory of good over evil. It arrives right after the conclusion of Navratri.
In India, this day sees the creation of effigies of the demon king Ravana, his son Meghanath, and brother Kumbhakaran, which are then set ablaze.
While Dussehra is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India, there are a few cities where the festival is celebrated on a grand scale, attracting visitors from all over, including abroad. Let's explore these special places:
The vast grounds of the Red Fort in Delhi make it one of the prime locations to witness the grandeur of Dussehra. The effigies of Ravana, Meghanath, and Kumbhakaran are crafted to towering heights and then set ablaze as part of this magnificent festival.
The Ravan Dahan held here is a significant component of this grand celebration, drawing visitors from far and wide.
Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, observes Dussehra with great pomp and show. The grand Ram Leela in Ayodhya is an integral part of the celebrations.
Visitors, including those from foreign lands, come to witness the elaborate Ravan Dahan, making it a special experience.
The Mysore Palace in Karnataka hosts a spectacular Dussehra celebration every year. This event is one of India's most prominent festivals, featuring a beautifully adorned palace.
During Dussehra, the palace is illuminated in a resplendent display, and a grand Ravan Dahan adds to the festivity. Tourists and locals alike flock to Mysore to be a part of this grand celebration.
In Kota, Rajasthan, Dussehra is celebrated on a grand scale with a significant Ravan Dahan.
The city hosts a fair during this time, where traditional performances are a highlight of the festivities.
Varanasi, a city along the banks of the sacred Ganges, plays an essential role in Dussehra celebrations.
The Ram Leela in Varanasi brings to life the stories of Ayodhya, Lanka, and the Ashok Vatika.
People from various places gather to witness the Ravan Dahan event in this ancient city.
The Vidyadhar Nagar Stadium in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the best places to witness the grandeur of Dussehra.
Here, processions, devotional singing, and dance performances are part of the celebration.
Ravan Dahan is a significant attraction, drawing visitors from different corners.