India is a “Potpourri of Festivals”. It is a thriving country where festivals are “round-the-year”, that help in breaking the mundane routine of life. “Kota Dusshera” does exactly the same, it showers Kota city with festivity, sparkles, delight and breaks the monotonous routine.
Dussehra: The Triumph of Good over Evil
Like every festival in India has a reason or a lesson with the celebration, Dussehra also called Vijayadashami celebrates the victory of good over evil. Dussehra coincides with the culmination of the nine-day Navratri festival.
Dussehra Mela of Kota: One of the Dussehra capitals in India
Dussehra is celebrated all over the country but in Kota, the festival is quite unique for it marks the beginning of an extensive festive period.
Kota Dussehra 2018 is going to be 125th Dussehra Mela of Kota, the effigy of Ravana will be 100 feet tall as compared to last year’s (Kota Dussehra 2017 ) Ravana that was 72 feet.
A little from the history to solve the mystery
The tradition of Dussehra fair was started in 1723 AD by Maharao Durjanshal Singh Hada. Those days, the celebrations used to last 3 days and the height of effigies of Ravan and his family was between 20 to 25 feet. Maharao Ummed Singh II (1889-1940 A.D.) was the one who made Dussehra Mela what it is today. The credit for making this religious event more attractive and colourful goes to Maharao Ummed Singh II.
Being the “Longest Fair”, festivity with full flair: Kota’s Dusshera unfolds even more!!
Kota Dusshera is the Longest Fair in India, known for its month-long celebration (approximately 25 days) and grand extravaganza. Rich in courtly splendour and age-old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is noticeable by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages.
On Vijayadashmi, somebody representing the erstwhile royal family shoots an arrow toward the effigy of Ravan which depicts the death of Ravan by the hands of Ram. More than 1 Lac people from Kota and nearby villages reach Dussehra Maidan to witness this event. From the next day onward the series of cultural programs start. Prominent artists from all over the country are invited to participate in various cultural programme.
Ravan Dahan marks the beginning of the fair and celebrations, where effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna are set ablaze. Usually, these effigies are filled with crackers
Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good chance to the traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers. Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers.
Cultural Nights & Performances
With an attempt to rediscover the soul of the festival, an environment of immense euphoria is created through the shows of music and dance and many engaging performances, Kota’s Dussehra Mela has emerged into a capital that flaunts of some of the best exhibitions and cultural shows.
In the “Cine sandhya” (Bollywood Night), Bollywood singer Neeti Mohan and Punjabi singer Garry Sandhu will surprise the audience with their amazing performances.
Various competitions like turban and moustache competition, All India Wushu competition, all India Chambal Kesri wrestling competition, Mahendi, Rangoli, Mandana competition, Mr. & Mrs. Hadoti Competition etc are organised.
You can enjoy cultural performances while tasting some delicious food.There is probably no better way to experience the soul of a festival than through its food.
Be it Chaat, Gobhi ke Pakode, or the spicy Chole Bhature or the saccharine Hathi Jamun.
The Epic Maut Ka Kuan
‘Maut ka Kuan’ or the well of death is a thrilling entertainment act native to Kota’s fair.
It’s 10 mins of pure thrill – adrenaline-pumping adventure at its best, in which stuntmen ride their bikes and cars in the confines of a wooden well. The result is gravity-defying moves, which are not for the faint-hearted.
Ferris wheel, BreakDance, Caterpillar and many other rides don’t just lure the kids but their parents too. At night these rides are illuminated with colourful lights.
Villagers gather here dressed in multicoloured clothes to offer prayers to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over Ravana. The art and craft fairs and exhibitions are a perennial feature of the town but the annual Dussehra festival holds an unusual lure for everyone. Rajasthani handicrafts are the prized possessions of this Mela.
Approximately 15 lakh people will visit the fair. There will be around 1000 shops with different displays more than 50 fun rides. There are many more exciting events this year, at the Mela.
To get a fair idea about Kota Dussehra Mela 2018 programs and dates, click on the link below:
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