India is a land of festivals where each festival brings out joy and celebration amongst the people. Colours and flowers are used to indicate happiness. Visit this country during October, and witness the grand celebration of Navratri and Dussehra. Dussehra is a festival where Durga Ma is worshipped for nine days in nine different forms. The festival is celebrated with colours, flowers, chants, colourful attires and sweets.

Gujarat

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The fervour of Navratri is spread across Gandinagar, Surat, Baroda and Ahmedabad and to even the remotest village. Dressed in beautiful ‘chaniya-cholis’, the young and old, dance to the traditional ‘garba’ tunes with ‘dandias’. The state is alive with this celebration. Enjoy Gujarati food such as dhoka, khakra, thepla and many other delicious cuisines.

‘Garbh’ means ‘womb’, and is a symbol of womanhood. Durga Ma is a form of divination.

West Bengal

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The festival here is celebrated with music, dance, prayers along with lots of sweets and food. As evening draws, people are soaked in the cheerful mood. On the ninth day, the married women, bid Ma Durga farewell by splashing ‘sindoor’.

Ma Durga denotes ‘shakti’ or strength to slay the evil.

Varanasi

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Navratri here is celebrated by enacting a dance-drama, called ‘Ramlila’- a traditional play, which play various scenes from Ramayana.

The beautiful hymns of Ramcharitmanas echoes on the ghats of Varanasi. For 10 days, pilgrims from all over the world visit this holy city, to visit the temples and to enjoy the view of the city.

Himachal Pradesh

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‘The land of the Gods’ is filled with people singing and dancing to the tune of the folk music. The festival is traced back the 17 th century, when the idol of Lord Raghunath was installed by a local king at Dhalpur Maidan in Kullu Valley. The idols of all local God and Goddesses are brought to the Dhalpur Maidan in a procession.

The end of Navratri is marked by the burning of wood and grass on the bank of the River Beas.

Karnataka

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The celebration of Dussehra in Karnataka is just too grand. This place has been celebrating this festival for more than 400 years. The Mysore Palace is decorated with more than 1,00,000 bulbs, giving it an enchanting look.

The procession of the adorned elephants displays city’s royalty and culture. It is held to rejoice the killing of the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga.

Chattisgarh

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The festival of Dussehra in Bastar, Chattisgarh, has been celebrated for over 75 days. The tribals of Bastar, worship Devi Maoli and her sister during Navratri. The priests and the locals bring all the local deities at the Danteshwari Temple in Jagdalpur. The idols are bought in chariots that are prepared by the local artisans. Innumerable lamps dazzles the route of the procession.

Jammu

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Vaishno Devi is located at Katra in Jammu. It is one of the oldest shrines that have millions of devotees lining up for ‘darshan’ throughout the year. If you are seeking a spiritual experience, visit Vaishno Devi during the Navratri festival. Devotees from all over the country offer their prayers amidst dazzling lights. The celebration lasts for nine days with the chants of ‘Jai Mata Di’ coming from every corner.

Delhi

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Delhi celebrates Dussehra with joy to mark the defeat of Mahishasura. Ramlila is celebrated on the grounds where the effigies of Kumbkaran, Ravana and Megnath are placed to be lit on the day of Dussehra. The festival is celebrated with fireworks and joy.

Maharashtra

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The city of Mumbai experiences musical nights on various grounds. The grounds are crowded with people dressed in vibrant attires. On Vijaydashmi, The effigies of Ravana are burnt on Vijaydashmi, to mark the end of the evil.

Come and witness the grand celebration, the gorgeous decorations and the serene bejewelled idols of Goddess Durga in the above city.