Dussehra special: Ravana is worshiped somewhere, somewhere else celebrates Dussehra for 75 days

 Somewhere Ravana is worshipped, somewhere else celebrates Dussehra for 75 days.

Dussehra i.e., Vijayadashami is an important festival of Hindus. It is celebrated on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. It is believed that Lord Rama killed Ravana on this day. It is also celebrated as the victory of truth over falsehood. This Dashami is known as Vijayadashami. Generally in India, the tradition of burning the effigy of Ravana is prevalent on this day. But there are many places where this day is celebrated in a completely different way. Somewhere like mourning, Dussehra is celebrated for 75 days without burning the effigy of Ravana. Let us know about some such unique traditions.

Bastar: Celebrate Dussehra here for 75 days 

In Bastar, Chhattisgarh, people consider Dussehra to be a festival dedicated to the worship of Mother Danteshwari, not considering Ram's victory over Ravana. Danteshwari Mata is the adorable goddess of the residents of Bastar region, who is a form of Durga. Here this festival lasts for 75 days. Dussehra lasts from the new moon of the month of Sawan till the Shukla Trayodashi of the month of Ashwin.

 On the first day, which is called Kachin Gadi, permission is taken from the goddess to start the ceremony. The goddess is seated on a set of thorns, which is called Kachin Gadi. This girl belongs to a scheduled tribe, from which the people of the royal family of Bastar take permission. This ceremony started around the 15th century. This is followed by Jogi-sitting, followed by Raini (Vijayadashmi) inside and Raini (Rath Yatra) outside and finally Muriya Darbar. It ends with the Ohadi festival on Ashwin Shukla Trayodashi. A large number of people come from abroad to see this Dussehra of Bastar.


Baijnath town: Ravana's effigies are not burnt here

It is believed in Baijnath town of Himachal Pradesh that here Ravana had done severe penance for Lord Shiva for years. Along with this, it is also believed that Ravana passed through Baijnath town for Lanka carrying Shivling. There is no temple of Ravana here, but this temple present along with the town attracts tourists. The effigies of Ravana are not burnt here.


Lankeshwar Festival is held in Kolar

During the Lankeshwar festival in Kolar, Karnataka, a procession is taken out along with the worship of Ravana. The idol of Lord Shiva is also rotated along with Ravana in the procession. It is believed that Ravana is worshiped here because of Ravana being the supreme devotee of Lord Shiva. There is also a temple of Ravana in Malavalli tehsil in Mandaya district for Kolar.

Mandsaur and Vidisha, where blessings are taken from Ravana on auspicious occasions.

 Mandodari is believed to be the birth place of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. On the day of Dussehra, people worship the 10 feet tall statue of Ravana present here. Along with this, on auspicious occasions like weddings, take the blessings of this idol.

Like Vidisha, Ravana is also worshiped in Mandsaur. The temple present at this place is considered to be the first temple of Ravana built in Madhya Pradesh. There is also a huge idol of Ravana named Ravana Rundi, which is worshipped. Women come out of this idol wearing a veil from the front. It is believed that this place was named Mandsaur after the name of Mandodari.


Takes  mourning on the day of Dussehra in Mandore

Mandore located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is considered to be the in-laws of Ravana. Here Ravana's first wife Mandodari is considered as a daughter. Apart from this, the people of Shrimali Brahmin society present here worship Ravana's Kuldevi Kharnana and call themselves the descendants of Ravana. There is also a temple of Ravana and Mandodari in Mandore. Due to the death of Ravana on the day of Dussehra and the widow of Mandodari, the people here mourn on the day of Dussehra.