Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is celebrated in unique ways across India. In Kolkata, it is observed as Durga Puja whereas Gujarat commemorates this time by hosting Garba dance on all the Navratri days that precede Vijayadashmi. In Mysore, elephant processions and decked up idols of gods and goddesses brighten up the atmosphere while Kullu Dussehra is an international festival that begins on Vijayadashmi and goes on for seven days in the valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Among all these unique celebrations, Dussehra in Delhi holds a special significance for people across North India and neighboring states. As per Hindu mythology, this day serves as an epitome of the victory of good over evil, and people gather at different venues across Delhi to witness the magnificent display of fireworks as Ravana goes up in flames.
If you are also wondering where to celebrate Dussehra 2018 in Delhi, here are 6 famous venues you can pick from at your convenience:
1. Ramlila Maidan, Ajmeri Gate
Think of grand Dussehra celebrations, and the first name that comes to mind is Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. Located in the center of the city, close to various attractions in Delhi, this is probably the oldest venue where you get to see one of the tallest effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhkaran. Add to this the numerous street-side treats served at various food stalls coupled with some joy rides, and you are in for grand celebrations of Dussehra. Also, the committee running Ramlila here holds a costume parade of performers through Nai Sarak, Chandni Chowk, and Sitaram Bazaar every day before Ramlila starts till the Dussehra day.
2. Lal Qila Maidan, Red Fort
You can see technology at play at Lal Qila Maidan where Luv Kush Ramlila Committee puts up a fantastic theatrical show of the epic Ramayana. This committee is also popular for inviting Bollywood celebrities on the day of Dussehra to take the oomph factor one notch higher.
3. DDA Ground NSP, Pitampura
In North Delhi, this is one venue where the crowd gathers in thousands to witness the ten-headed effigy of Ravana sizzle in flames. Also, near to this venue is Dilli Haat which hosts the annual dance and music festival during Navratri and Dussehra. You are likely to spot famous singers here. Not to miss the food stalls that serve lip-smacking delicacies to make the festive celebrations delightful for you.
4. DDA Grounds, Patparganj
For all those who live in East Delhi, DDA Grounds near National Victor School is the place to go for Dussehra celebrations. Not only does it showcase a grand display of fire-crackers but also the chanting of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ resonates in the venue lending it a happy spiritual vibe.
5. Janakpuri Ramlila Ground
For those residing or visiting West Delhi, Janakpuri Ramlila Ground presents Ravan Dahan of awe-inspiring proportion. You can see the dance drama is performed on the life of Lord Ram here. As soon as the sun begins to set, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran, and Meghnath are burned with a blend of classical folk music, dance, and special effects playing in the background.
6. Dwarka Ground, Sector 10
On the day of Vijayadashami, a huge crowd turns up at Dwarka Ground to see a spectacular show of Ravan Dahan. A costume parade of performers takes place in the evening followed by the burning of effigies. This is a convenient venue for residents of South-West Delhi and also for those who are commuting to and from Delhi airport during that time.
Dussehra 2021 Dates:
Dates for Navratri – October 17 – 25, 2021
Date of Dussehra – October 25, 2021