Fairs & Festivals
The tribal fairs and festivals of Madhya Pradesh, are the celebrations
of the ethnic life-styles of the colourful tribes of the land.
cultural festivals of Madhya Pradesh, the Khajuraho Festival of
Dances and the Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior are poignant celebrations
of Indian classical dance and music.
Bastar-Dussehra is celebrated as the day of Rama's victory over
king Ravana, or as a day on which the Goddess Kali destroyed the
buffalo-demon and liberated the world. And all Hindus of India celebrate
this festival on the tenth day after Navratri (September or October).
The Bastar Dussehra is a Hindu festival deeply influenced by the
local myths and religious beliefs as well as the customs of the
tribals of Madhya Pradesh. The Dussehra festival celebration in
this state is very unique one, since it is a mixture of Hindu and
tribal beliefs. Another important feature of this festival is that
an underlying spirit of participation and the people of all cast
and creed celebrate it. During the celebrations, along with Danteshwari
Mai, representing the Hindu Goddess Durga or Kali, a number of lesser
powers and tribal deities, some indigenous and others borrowed from
Hinduism, are also worshipped.
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