Dussehra

#1 Sep 29th, 2012, 20:54
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Hello friends,

I heard that the Dussehra (or Dushera) festival is held in October this year. Can someone tell me when and how long is it? where should it be more interesting to experience it in Jagdalpur (is there something happening not in the city itself but in the villages also?)
Thanks a lot!!!
#2 Oct 1st, 2012, 10:34
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Dussehra would be on 24-October this year. It is culmination of Navratri which will start this year on Tuesday, the 16th of October and will continue for 9 days until Wednesday, the 24th of October.

The Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less.

BUT, it is celebrated differently in Bastar (Jagdalpur is a city of Bastar district). Beginning with amavasya (dark moon) in the month of Shravan, Bastar Dussehra spans over 75 days, ending on the thirteenth day of the bright moon in the month of Ashwin.

An interesting information has been presented here.
#3 Oct 1st, 2012, 11:15
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Nitz

I saw your post earlier but was confused if you were interested in knowing about the festival in its various forms across India. That would be too much for anyone to capture here. Wikipedia is more helpful.

Coming to Bastar dussehra, Prakaant has given a starting point. I'd recommend getting in touch with fellow IMer ShahronakM (who from what i recall went there during the dussehra timeframe) and Shakeel Rizvi (contact information is at the end of my trip report of Bastar). Please click on my signature and the last page of that report has some contacts who can help you get around in Bastar area.

- Vaibhav
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Thamks for your answer. I have read the wikipedia page and glanced at the travel report (too long for now...). So, there still 2 things I am not sure about - in which day can I see some traditional \ tribal dances and music (if at all...). Does everything happen just in Jagdalpur or also in the small vilages sorrunding it?

Thanks again for your help! it is really appreciated
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oops...I have another question in mind - are the village markets held regularly, as usual, during this time of navratri?
many more thanks!
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Just came across this thread.

Dusherra in Bastar is worth experiencing. In Jagdalpur town a wooden chariot is pulled by local people on Dusherra night. Initially to move the chariot it takes more than one hour. The streets are fully crowded & tribal people from distant villages come to witness this. The chariot is stolen (symbolically) that night by local tribals & parked on the outskirts of Jagdalpur town. So the next day is when you can witness many rituals & tribal dances when the Maharaja of Bastar comes to take back the chariot. As per my knowledge markets are held regularly even during festival time, though they may have less crowds since some of them will be in Jagdalpur city.

Ronak.

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