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What is Dussehra?
The tenth day of the Navaratri festival is known as Dussehra. It's widely devoted to honoring the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. Every year on Dussehra, colorful effigies of demon king Ravan are burned to mark the defeat of Ravan by Lord Rama. These Dussehra pictures show the fascinating different ways that Dussehra is celebrated all over India.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Making of Ravan
In Delhi, most Ravan effigies are made in an area called Titarpur, located in Tagore Garden in west Delhi. A famous makeshift market gets set up on the footpath there, along Najafgarh Road. It's worth a trip to see it during Navaratri (the lead up to Dussehra). However, the work on the effigies starts much earlier, in August. For three months, artisans work night and day to create the giant demons. It takes 10 to 12 days to complete three effigies.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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In the lead-up to Dussehra, Ramlila performances that reenact scenes from the much loved Hindu epic the Ramayana, which tells the life story of Lord Rama, are held. They culminate with much fanfare on the last night, with the defeat and destruction of Ravan. Here are 5 Popular Ramlila Shows in Delhi.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Almora Dussehra Street Parade
In Almora, in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, a highlight of Dussehra is a popular street parade through the town.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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A Multitude of Villains
The Dussehra parade in Almora doesn't only feature effigies of demon Ravan. It has numerous other villains from the epic The Ramayana.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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A Regional Parade with Great Fanfare
The effigies are made by various local groups in the region, and are accompanied on the parade by traditional dance troupes and much fanfare.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Burning of Demon Effigies
After being paraded through the streets of Almora, the effigies of the demons are set alight by the crowd.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Kullu Dussehra Parade
In the Kullu Valley region of Himachal Pradesh, there is no burning of Ravan effigies. Instead, Goddess Hadimba is carried from her temple in Manali down to Kullu, where she's taken to the palace and blessed by the royal family. She then goes to Dhalpur and is joined by the idol of Lord Raghunath (Lord Rama, the presiding deity). Hundreds of goddess deities from all over the region are brought out and carried in procession to see her.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Kullu Dussehra Trumpets
Musicians play trumpets as part of the Kullu Dussehra festival, to celebrate the triumph of Lord Rama over demon king Ravan.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Kullu Dussehra Gods
It's believed that the chariots are powered by the gods. All the deities remain at the Dhalpur Maidan fairgrounds until the end of the festival.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Tribal Dussehra in Chhattisgarh
In the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, Dussehra celebrations last for more than two months and are devoted to the local goddess known as Ma Danteshwari. During the ceremonies, the tribes gather around the Maharaja of Jagdalpur, Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Dussehra Parade in Chhattisgarh
On the last day of Dussehra celebrations in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, there's a fascinating parade featuring the Maharaja and all the tribes.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Tribal Dancers During Dussehra in Chhattisgarh
Here, Maria tribal dancers participate in the parade on the last day of Dussehra celebrations in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Mysore Palace During Dussehra
Mysore Palace is dazzlingly illuminated by almost 100,000 light bulbs during the city's 10 day Dussehra celebration. The festival ends with a traditional procession through the streets, featuring an idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari and decorated elephants. Read more about Mysore Dasara.