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September 30, 2011
Dusshera also know as Vijayadashmi in other parts of the country is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin which falls in September or October of the Western calendar. On this day, Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed the demon king Ravan for abducting his wife Sita into his kingdom of Lanka. Before killing Ravan, Ram performed Chandi Homa and invoked the blessings of Durga who blessed Ram with the secret knowledge of how to kill Ravan.
On this day effigies of Ravan and his brother's Kumbhkaran and Meghnath are burned to signify the victory of good over evil.
Dusshera in Kullu
The Dusshera celebrated in Kullu is famous all across India and the celebrations begin in the Dhalpur Maidan in the Kullu valley. Dusshera in Kullu begins of the tenth day of the rising moon i.e on the day of the Vijay Dashmi itself and continues for seven days. The history behind this is that in the 17th century the local king Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. After this, Lord Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the valley. The state government has given the status of an International Festival to the Kullu Dusshera and it attracts a huge number of tourists every year from across the country.
Durga Pooja
Durga Pooja also known as Durgaotsava is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. The dates of Durga Pooja celebration are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding the festival is known as the Devi Paksha. Durga Pooja celebrations include the setting up of huge pandals where life size idols of the Goddess Durga are placed and worshipped for nine days. Legend has it that Goddess Durga chased the demon
Mahisasur for eight days and finally on the ninth day she succeeded in killing him, hence proving that good always triumphs over evil. On the tenth day the idol is immersed in the river.
Durga Pooja in Kolkata
Kolkata is famous for its elaborate Durga Pooja and is know as the hub of the celebration. The city witnesses the setting up of at least 2000 pandals and the entire city is adorned with lights and decorations. Every night turns into a night of celebration as people go pandal hopping with their family and friends to admire the extravagant idols of Goddess Durga and sample the delicious food that is served at the Pooja. Durga Pooja in Kolkata is a carnival, in which people
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