KOTA DUSSEHRA

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Location: Kota, Rajasthan.
Occasion: Ram’s victory over Ravana celebrated.
Duration: Lasts for a fortnight.
Timing: October.

Kota Dussehra, RajasthanMore than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnath are burnt on Dussehra day to symbolise the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated all over the country but the Kota Dussehra is quite unique for it marks more than just the beginning of a festive period. Villagers gather here dressed in multicoloured clothes to offer prayers to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over Ravana.

Rich in courtly splendour and age old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages. Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers.

Prominent artists from all over the country are invited to participate in cultural programmes who enthral the huge audience with their performances. The fair lasts for about a fortnight.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Kota is well connected by air. Jaipur, 245-km away is the other convenient airport.
Rail: Lying on the Delhi-Mumbai route, Kota is well served by regular super fast rail services. Some important train connections are: Golden Temple Express (Mumbai- Kota-Amritsar); Rajdhani Express (Mumbai-Kota-New Delhi) : Dehradun Express (Mumbai-Kota-Dehradun); Paschim Express (New Delhi-Kota-Mumbai); Avadh Express (Mumbai-Kota-Gorakhpur); Swaraj Express (Mumbai-Kota-New Delhi)
Road: Good network of road connections link Kota with many important cities inside and outside the state. Some notable distances are : Udaipur 270-km, Bundi 40-km, Delhi 504-km, Ahmedabad 522-km.
Local Transport: Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tempos and cycle rickshaws are avaialabe for commutation purposes within the city



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