Festival of Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated across all parts of India. Hindu devotees celebrate the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur and also the victory of Lord Rama over the evil Ravana. This year this joyful and colourful festival has started form the 21st of the September and will continue till Vijayadashmi followed by immersion of Durga idols. To enjoy this spectacular festival full on this year you can visit these places:
West Bengal- Kolkata
Dussehra is considered as one of the most famous and celebrated festivals in West Bengal. This cultural gala is enjoyed for 5 to 6 days. The beautiful cities of this state especially Kolkata can be seen full of beautifully decorated huge pandals and minarets where the idol of Goddess Durga is being worshipped. You can enjoy the beauty of these crowded pandals with your family. Do not forget to enjoy the taste of Prasad being distributed there and also the food stalls. Visiting West Bengal will make this festival unforgettable for you.
Gujarat is a must visit once in a lifetime place on the occasion of Durga Puja. This state has given an entirely new concept to this festival by adding the flavour of spectacular pop culture. The main highlight of this festival is the Garba or Dandiya dance form enjoyed by devotees. Though this festival is celebrated across all major parts of the state though in case you are making a trip to Gujarat, do not forget to visit the capital city Ahmedabad.
Andhra Pradesh- Vijayawada
In Andhra Pradesh, the festival of the triumph of truth or Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and show. The Kanaka temple of Vijayawada, located in the state is considered to be the best to visit and enjoy the Navratri. Here Goddess Durga can be seen in different avatars and every day special pujas are being performed accordingly. You can also visit Akkanna & Madanna Caves, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and Undavalli Caves as well.
The highlight of this festival is the royal city of Mysore where Dussehra is celebrated as a ten-day extravaganza. It is commonly referred as Nadahabba festival. The royal family of the city also takes part in the celebration and also the Mysore royal palace can be seen full of lights throughout the puja. People go to enjoy Jumboo Savari, musical nights and the joy of the festival.
Uttar Pradesh- Varanasi
One cannot list out the best places to enjoy Dussehra without visiting Varanasi. Though a large number of pilgrims visit this place to take a holy dip in river Ganga every year, the city plays a vital role in making this festival more colourful during Navratri. Do not forget to watch the play of Ramlila.