Amazing Facts About Dussehra – For Kids
Besides India, Dussehra is also celebrated in London, Bangkok, Auckland, New Jersey, Colombo, Guyana and Wiesbaden.
World’s biggest effigy of Ravana was 221 feet tall. It was created in Chandigarh in 2019 in Chandigarh, India.
Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the Ashvin month of Hindu calendar.
Though Ravana is considered the antithesis of good, however places like Mandsaur and Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Ravana is worshipped, because of his knowledge.
In Sri Lanka, Ravana has been given the status of a demi-god. It is believed that under him, the country witnessed unparalleled advancements in science and medicine.
Mysuru, a city in South India, gets its name from the demon king Mahishasura.
Ramlila, literally “Rama’s play”, is a performance of the story of Rama’s victory over Ravana. It is performed across northern India during the festival of Dussehra.
In East India, Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja, on the occasion of victory of Durga over the demon king Mahishasur.
In North India, Dussehra is celebrated by burning the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnath.
In West India, Navraatri is the popular festival. Garba is a folk dance that is played during all nine days of the festival.
In South India, specially Mysuru, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath are burnt during Dussehra.
Dussehra also marks the beginning of winters. It also marks the change in agricultural crops the kharif crops are harvested during this time.
As per a legend, Dussehra was the day when the great emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.