The festival of Dussehra, which signifies the victory of good over evil, is celebrated in India as well as by Hindu communities the world over every year in October. To be observed this year next Monday (October 10), it is the day when Lord Rama killed the 10-headed demon king Ravana and gave the throne of his kingdom Lanka to his brother Vibhishana.
While people all over India celebrate in their own special and different ways, burning the effigies of Ravana and his brother Kumbhkarna, the most famous Dussehra is that of the South Indian state of Karnataka (in Mysore) and Himachal Pradesh in North India.
The picture (top) was taken last October while we were on our way back to Chandigarh from the small Himachal mountain hamlet of Chandog. An entire village had gathered on the dried river bed to witness the celebrations while the highway presented a grandstand view to thousands of motorists and others who stopped to be a part of the festivities.
The great thing about India is every festival is everyone’s celebration, and no one looks at religion, caste and creed in making themselves happy.
As a child, I never missed going to the fair-like atmosphere of a Dussehra celebration so this occasion was one I would not miss even though it meant waiting on the highway till way after dusk and reaching home at dinner time.
Hopefully, I will see many more and there will be plenty to celebrate!