The entire country from North to South and from West to East wears a celebrating look. The Indian states namely Bengal , Assam and many others celebrate Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasur while the Northern states namely Jammu & Kashmir , Punjab, Uttrakhand ,Rajasthan ,U.P ,M.P celebrate as victory of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. In essence the victory of the good over the evil is the common thread of celebration all over the country.
You visit any part of the country during these 10 days and you will find people rejoicing during day and night. They all appears to be in a dancing mood and full of energy. They leave aside all the negativity of the mind and heart and ready to welcome their God and Goddess and try to spend maximum time with them. On the end of the last day with a heavy heart prepare themselves to send them back to their home and ready to accept them after waiting for long next year. For Bengalis it is said that year is divided between Puja and waiting for the next Puja .
One may visit Bengal and the City of Joy, Kolkata in particular to see the Durga Puja celebrations at the peak. Even other places including Delhi are not much behind .Varanasi for Ramleela .Kullu (in Himachal Pradesh ) Bastar (in Chhattisgarh)Mysore in Karnataka to see the different Dussehera festival. Bathukamma in Telengana and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Bommai Kolu in Tamil Nadu.No doubt for the non stop Dandiya or Garba dance no one can match the enthusiasm of Gujarat.
The festivity in whatever manner we celebrate reminds me of the dance by the peacock. The picture depicts the cosmic dance by the Lord Shiva.