Dussehra Festival is very popular and famous festival of Rajasthan. It is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in most parts of India. This festival is specially celebrated in Kota with much enthusiasm and galore. This year, the fair would fall from October22- 24, 2012.
More than 70 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and the Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Arrows of fire are shot at these effigies, which are stuffed with firecrackers. The result is a deafening blast, and an explosion of sound and light enhanced by the shouts of merriment and triumph of the spectators. The 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.
Villagers gather here dressed in multicolored clothes to offer prayers to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over Ravana. Rich in courtly splendor and age-old traditions, the Dussehra festival here is marked by a glittering procession, which attracts thousands from the surrounding villages. Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers as well as attract foreign tourists to drink in the charm of this festive city.
Prominent artists from all over the country are invited to participate in cultural programs that enthrall the huge audience with their performances.
Fairs are usually held on this occasion with lots to eat, buy and enjoy.