Dassara is one of the prime festivals in India. It is also referred to as the Navaratri in most places in India. This festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the Ashwini month on the basis of Shaka Hindu calendar. This festival is generally around the month of October. The festival generally last for a period of 10 days. Dassara is also referred to as Dassara fair in Mysore. In Karnataka it is considered to be the State Festival or the Naada Habba.
Dassara in Sanskrit means the ‘remover of bad fate’. So this festival is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over the evil. The festival of Dassara ends with the festival of Navaratri. In Gujarat the Navaratri is celebrated with a true spirit. The festival here is accompanied by Garbe and Rasa dances which are performed by both the men and women to please the goddess Chamundeshwari.
On the last day of the Dassara the morities that was installed on the first day of Navaratri is installed in the water. The festival of Dassara also marks the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana. The people on this day generally worship the Aapta tree and exchange its leaves as a symbol. This ritual is also performed to wish each other peace and prosperity in the next year.
The festival of Dassara because of its importance is celebrated quite lavishly throughout the country. It attracts various foreign tourists from different parts of the world.