Dussehra is celebrated vigorously all across the country, with festivities involving lights, decorations, colourful dresses and food. The celebrations vary across different regions of the country.
Here is a look at how some places celebrate the Dussehra or Vijayadashami festival:
Dussehra in Delhi
Dussehra in West Bengal
Vijaydashami marks the end of the Puja celebrations. On this day, married women offer sindoor to the Goddess, followed by sweets and betel leaves. This is followed by the women putting Sindoor on each other's cheeks. At night, after one final goodbye, the idols are taken to nearby rivers or the ocean to be immersed.
Dussehra in Mysore
The Mysore palace is beautifully illuminated, with 1,00,000 bulbs lighting up the grand building. A procession travels through the city, with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari perched atop and elephant which is adorned in gold and other lavish accessories. The procession moves from the Mysore palace to the Banni Mantapa. The celebrations carry on till late in the evening, with a torch-light parade that is undertaken in the outskirts of the city.
Dussehra in Kullu
Dussehra celebrations in the Kullu valley are imbued with culture, traditions and a legacy rich with history. The Dhalpur maidan is beautifully decorated with flowers and lights.
In the 17th century, local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath, an avatar of Lord Ram, on his throne on Dussehra and from then onwards God Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Kullu Valley.
The Dhalpur maidan, which is the major hub for celebrations, is beautifully decorated with flowers and lights.
The celebrations start with an idol of Goddess Hadimba being carried from the temple in Manali to the palace of the royal family in Kullu.
From there, the idol is carried to Dhalpur, along with an idol of Lord Ragunath, where they stay till the end of the festivities along with idols of other Gods and Goddesses.
The maidan sees many cultural performances, fairs and exhibitions. On the last day, the idols are carried on a chariot to the Beas river, where they are immersed.
Dussehra in Gujarat
Many people also visit iconic pilgrimages, like the temples of Goddess Ashapura Mata, Ambaji temple, and Chamunda Mata temple.