Dusshera, marks the end of Navratri and mythologically it is believed that on this day Lord Rama killed the Demon Ravana and freed Goddess Sita from Lanka. It is also believed that Ram fought for nine days in Lanka to win over Ravana.
Although it is celebrated throughout the country, still there is something special about the Mysore and Kullu Dusshera festivals.
Mysore Dusshera is a royal festival that celebrates the killing of Mahishasura by the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari. As a part of the royal celebration, the day includes elephant processions and lighting up of the city with nearly 1 lakh light bulbs.
Kullu Dusshera, is a seven day festival in the city of Kullu, that commences from the day of dusshera. On this very day in the seventeenth century, King Jagat Singh of Kullu valley made an idol of Lord Raghnatha. From that day it is believed that Raghunatha is the ruler of the whole valley.
Date: Oct 19, 2018
Venue: Mysore, Karnataka and Kullu, Himachal Pradesh