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One of the grandest festivals of India, Dasara, also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dussehra or Dashain is observed on the day of Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day of Navaratri. It is the occasion to glorify and rejoice the victory of good over evil.

ISKCON Bangalore, for the first time, celebrates Dasara on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Bengaluru at National College grounds, Basavanagudi. Please join us for the celebrations.

Program Schedule:

Time Program Details
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ramayana Costume Contest
4:00 PM onwards Dasara Food Festival
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM Sri Rama Sankirtana by different groups of devotees
5:30 PM Sri Rama Taraka Yajna
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Devotional concert by Sri Vijay Prakash
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM An inspirational talk by His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa
8:30 PM Arrival of Sri Krishna Balarama dressed as Sri Rama and Lakshmana approaching Ravana-Kumbhakarna Dahana
8:45 PM Ravana-Kumbhakarna Dahana

 

Program Highlights 

The celebrations of Dasara will commence with a Ramayana Costume Contest. Children dressed up as different characters of the Ramayana can participate in the contest. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Sri Rama Taraka Yajna is performed by offering oblations into the sacrificial fire while chanting Sri Rama Ashtottara Shata Nama, 108 holy names of Lord Rama.

There will be a devotional concert by Sri Vijay Prakash who is currently one of the judges for the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. He has given his voice for several Hindi films and has also performed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi movies. He has won ‘Best Playback Singer’ award, Filmfare Award and numerous other awards in recognition of his outstanding performances.

 

Madhu Pandit Dasa

His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore will deliver an inspirational talk. He is a full-time missionary with more than three decades of experience in practicing Krishna Consciousness. A former IITian from Mumbai, he is also the chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which serves free mid-day meals to school children. He has received several awards including the prestigious Padma Shri.

 

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The celebrations culminate with the spectacular event of setting ablaze 50 feet tall effigies of Ravana and Kumbhakarna to symbolize the victory of Lord Ramachandra over Ravana. Eco-friendly fireworks are used to burn the effigies so as to prevent environmental pollution.


Dussehra celebrations at other centers:

Dussehra Celebrations at HKM Ahmedabad

Every year, Dussehra is celebrated at Hare Krishna Mandir, Ahmedabad. Sri Rama Darbar is set up in the temple and Sri Sri Radha Madhav are taken on ‘Swarna Ratha’, the golden chariot. A dance drama on Sri Rama Lila (a short version of the epic Ramayana) is performed on this occasion followed by ‘Ravana Dahan’ – the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada, on the day of Vijayadashami.

Dussehra Celebrations at ISKCON Mysore

ISKCON Mysore organizes Dussehra festival with great enthusiasm on its premises every year on Vijaya Dashami Day. Dussehra festival celebrations commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the evil King Ravana.

Dussehra Celebrations at other parts of India:

In the North, Durga Puja and Ram-lila performance are very popular.

Durga puja is celebrated with great pomp and pageantry for five-days culminating on the day of Vijaya Dashami. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size sculptures of Goddess Durga slaying Mahishasura are set up in the temples for worship. On the day of Vijaya Dashami, these sculptures are taken in a procession and then immersed in the river. In few other parts, at the time of Dussehra, they observe a fast for nine days and end it on Vijaya Dashami while some end it on the Ashtami. During Navaratri some also arrange Jagaran (Waking up for entire night by singing devotional songs).

At Varanasi, Lucknow and Kanpur, Dussehra is celebrated with great zeal. Actors in the attire of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman perform Rama-lila, the epic saga using audio visual devices and audience is thrilled to see them setting ablaze the idols of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada, on Vijayadashami.

At Gujarat, Dussehra is celebrated as Navaratri or Navaratra. Garba, the famous folk dance is the primary element of Dussehra in this state. People together make themselves tune on the folk songs with multi-coloured sticks.

In the South, the Mysore Dasara celebrations attract tourists from all over the world. Goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) is carried on a golden throne which is mounted atop a decorated elephant. The procession comprising of colourful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels, starts from the Mysore Palace and ends at a place called Bannimantapa where the banni (shami) tree is worshipped.

Click here to know more about the importance of Navaratri and why Navaratri is celebrated.

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