India has always been a land of exuberant mythology, mysticism and legends. It has been a land where always, the victory of good and the just has prevailed over darkness and wicked. And there are many good examples to establish this, whether it be the story of Lord Krishna defeating Kansa or Lord Rama vanquishing the demon king Ravana.
Perhaps, there won’t be any other country apart from India where one can find such a rich blend of cultures, rituals and traditions imbibed to the core of its citizens.
And that is what our epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana depict - our glorious ancient past. It is this essence of our past only that showcases itself in our festivals as well. Each and every festival celebrated on this land means something different to each section of the society according to their local beliefs and traditions.
Apparently, the upcoming festival of Dussehra means different things to different people. Yes, on this auspicious day some people fast, and there are many people, specifically children who like to visit and enjoy the Dusshera melas, seeing the Raavan effigy burning down in the holy fire.
Let’s discover some of the most unique ways in which the festival of Dusshera is celebrated in our country.
Durga Puja, Kolkata
On this pious occasion, one can see the whole city light up in the fervour of godly excitement. At many of the places, decorated pandals, artistic idols of the Goddess Durga and fancy light decorations can be seen. There are even many cultural performances by the local people.