All festivals in India are celebrated in various ways and for various, across all states. Be it Diwali, Holi, Ganesh festival or Navratri, you will find a stark difference between customs followed by people in two separate states. The same holds true for Dusshera, which is celebrated on the 10th day of the 9-day festival Navratri. In the southern, eastern and north-eastern parts of India, the festival is celebrated to mark the end of Durga Puja. In the latter, goddess Durga’s victory over demon Mahishasur is remembered. In the northern and western states, Dusshera is celebrated to mark the end of ‘Ramlila.‘ Lord Ram’s victory over Ravana in Ramayan is rejoiced and the popular custom involves huge idols of Ravana being burnt to the ground.
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In some states, Dussehra is celebrated to remember the victory of Arjuna in Mahabharat, where he fought over one lakh soldiers alone and won over Kuru warriors. Some people also follow the custom of immersing idols of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati etc., in rivers and oceans, as seen during Ganesh festival. Dussehra also marks the beginning of the most popular festival among Hindus- Diwali. It is also referred to as the ‘festival of lights’ and is celebrated 20 days post-Dussehra.
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