festival is celebrated all over the country but the Kota
Dussehra is quite unique for it marks more than just the
beginning of a festive period.
More than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana,
Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day to
symbolise the victory of good over evil. Usually these effigies
are filled with crackers. A young child dressed as Lord Ram is
made to shoot an arrow of fire at Ravana and the huge figure is
Villagers gather here dressed in multicolored clothes to
offer prayers to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over
Ravana. Prominent artists from all over the country are
invited to participate in cultural programmes who enthral the
huge audience with their performances.
Rich in courtly splendour and age old traditions, the
Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession
which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages. Dramas
depicting the Armageddon is very common. Like all festivals
in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the traders
to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers.
Small effigies of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakhsman are very common
works of sculpture. The fair lasts for about a fortnight.