DUSSEHRA FESTIVAL 2014

 

Date – 01-03 October 2014.

Location – Kota, Rajasthan.

 

The festival of Dussehra indicates the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness as signified by the conquest of the evil Ravan by Lord Rama. Celebrated all over India with gusto, the festival is held in the Hindu month of Ashvin that is generally September or October. Travel to Rajasthan and visit the city of Kota, which celebrates this special festival with a ritual Dussehra Mela that attracts people from all over.

 

The Dussehra Mela in Kota is a riot of colors. Well-decorated shops, cultural performances and colorfully clad locals - all vie for your attention as soon as you enter the fair. Theatrical enactments and performances from the Ramayana are greatly popular with the visitors.However,the main highlight of the fair is the burning of the effigies of Ravan, his brother Kumbhakarna and his son Meghnath. Slogans praising the victory of good over evil rent the air as the burning effigies come down to the ground.

 

The Dussehra Fair of Kota, popularly known as Dussehra Mela, is the most important event in the cultural calendar of the city. The history of this Dussehra fair goes back to 1723 AD. History tells that the celebration of Dussehra was started in the reign of Mahrao Durjanshal Singh Hada. At that time various religious programs at different temples were the main event of the ceremonies. Apart from this tradition of processions with royal splendor and the “Darikhana”, a royal meet of different Thikanedaars at the Palace, also started in the same period. During the State time the period of Dussehra festival was 3 days and the height of effigies of Ravan and his family was between 20 to 25 feets. This tradition was continued by the other Hada rulers. But the credit of making this religious event more attractive and colorful goes to Maharao Ummed Singh II (1889-1940 A.D.) He was a very good administrator and religious man.

 

Now the Dussehra fair is observed for 25 days. The height of the effigies of Ravan and his family has been raised to 72 Feet. Along with religious programs, many cultural programs have also become part of this astonishing event. The celebration starts with Ram-Lila which starts on the pious day of Navratra Stathapna. On the 10th day that is known as Vijay Dashmi, Maharaj Kumar Ijyaraj Singh shoot an arrow toward the effigy of Ravan whish depicts the death of Ravan by the hands of Ram.

 

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