Dussehra is a festival of Hindus celebrated in September or October for the victory
of Lord Rama over Ravana. Rama was the son of King Dasharatha and Ravana was the
King of Lanka. The festival is celebrated to rejoice the victory of good over evil.
The fight between Rama and Ravana took place in the fourteenth year of exile of
Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana. Ravana has carried away Sita and
the fight took place to get her back. It took place for ten long days and on the
tenth day, Ravana was killed along with his brother Kumbh Karna and his son Megh
Dussehra is celebrated with great joy in the Hindu society and fairs are held all
over the country where they burn the effigies of Ravana, Megh Natha and Kumbh Karna
are burnt in the Dussehra Mela. These effigies are made of paper and bamboo and
firecrackers are stuffed inside them. They are then burnt one by one destroying
the three evils and the firework giving a beautiful look. The effigy of Ravana has
ten heads just like Ravana had in the legend. They are generally seventy two to
seventy five feet high and it is really amusing to see how they are made to stand.
The Dussehra Mela is held all over India and is a very fascinating mixture of modern
industrialization and the medieval dignity. The Mela of Kota and Rajasthan are the
most famous among all the other ones held in India. The Mela attracts a lot of people,
especially kids because of the Vaanar Senas (Monkeys Force) which was headed by
Lord Hanuman is there along with several enactments of the Ramayana. The air is
filled with the slogans praising Lord Rama.
The festival time goes on for the entire month and the cultural programs also take
place a fortnight prior to the Dussehra
day. There is a cattle and trade fair too at that time which attracts a lot of people