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Interesting facts about Dussehra

A graciously celebrated pan-Indian festival in different parts of India with varied fiestas as Garbha-Dandiya, Ramlila, Golu and Durga Pooja.  A feast of winning good over evil, and fundamentally an art festival, where the highlight of the year 2017 is the Muslimpatachitra artists who reconstruct extracts from Hindu mythology, Steered by a female artist, Swarna Chitrakar, with seven members of a Muslim family, who are responsible for the puja pandal of this year at Rup Chand Mukherjee Lane's Sarbojanin Puja. Equally, more interesting to note that the sculpture of the deity is being modelled by a woman artisan, Piyali Sadhukhan, grounded on Chitrakar's paintings.

 

The true spirit of Dussehra which glorifies the victory of Good over Evil, truth over deceit and sin over virtue is reminded once more through universal love and brotherhood. While it may be a surprise to many that the painters of the Hindu gods and goddesses across the pandal are Muslims, it is not unusual in West Bengal during the auspicious Durga Puja, where hundreds come together to beautify the city, to welcome the goddess, with no heed to religious differences.

Dussehra is also celebrated in Nepal, Bangladesh and Malaysia, few countries which even has an official holiday for ‘Dussehra’. It is also widely believed, ‘Dussehra’ is a religious festival which gained popularity since 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the state to celebrate the festival with great spendour. 

 

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