Bastar Dussehra

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In Bastar the Dussehra date (usually in early October) is just the last of 75 days of rituals and preparations that give Bastar Dussehra claim to be one of the world's longest festivals. Things climax in the final 10 days, and especially the last two nights, with a gigantic wooden chariot (rath) being tugged around Jagdalpur by teams of rope-pullers.

Unlike elsewhere in India, Dussehra in Bastar celebrates the regional goddess Danteshwari rather than Rama's victory over the demon-king Ravana. Eighty-four different villages play a part in the preparations and rituals, and the festive atmosphere mounts during the final days as villagers and their deities pack into Jagdalpur.

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