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 Maa Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasur while the Northern states namely Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana Uttrakhand, Rajasthan, U.P, M.P, Chhatisgarh celebrate as victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. In essence it is the victory of the good(Lord rama or Ma Durga ) over the evil (Ravana or Mahishasur ) is the common thread of celebration all over the country.
You visit any part of the country during these 10 days and find people rejoicing during day and night. They all appear 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 like to visit Bengal and the City of Joy, Kolkatta , in particular to see the Durga Puja celebrations at the peak. Even other places including Delhi are not much behind . Varanasi is famous for Ramleela. Kullu (in Himachal Pradesh) Bastar (in Chhattisgarh) Mysore in Karnatka to see the different Dussehara 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. Slowly this fever has spread to a number of States .
The festivity in whatever manner reminds me of the non stop dance by the peacock. With a change in the direction of light image gives you a lovely and unimaginable mood.
Enjoy the cosmic dance by the Lord Shiva depicted by the Peacock.
The image is from Delhi taken in April 2017.
Wish you all a very Happy Durga Puja and Dussehra !