It will not be wrong to say that the Kota Dussehra Mela is the most important and famous event of the cultural calendar of the city. Kota, situated on the banks of Chambal River is a place which is known not only for its contribution on educational front but also on the cultural one.
Dussehra mela can be called as a mega event of Kota which is famous not only in the city but in the whole country. Dussehra is the day which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. People of Kota are especially excited for the start of Dussehra mela every year as the days of this event bring delight, happiness and sparkling smiles of faces of people.
Kota Dussehra mela is the longest fair known in India and the grand extravaganza lasts for almost 25 days. The history of this fair can be traced back to 1723 AD and was started in the reign of Mahrao Durjanshal Singh Hada. From then, the fair has been made more colorful and grand and the tradition continues till now.
The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad which are more than 75 feet tall are burnt to symbolize the victory of good over evil. After 2 years of gap due to covid, the effigies are again going to be created and burnt this time and the celebration mode is again on. More than 1 lac people from Kota and nearby villages reach the fair to witness the event on Vijayadashmi.
Various celebrities and biggies visit the Dussehra mela on different days to perform on the stage for people. Circuses, food stalls, textile stalls, decorative stalls, toy stalls and various crazy rides are installed in the fair for the entertainment of people. Various cultural programs like dance competitions, singing competitions, ghazal sandhya, bhajan sandhya, kavi sammelan and many other such programs are organized on a daily basis.
Several amazing exhibitions are also organized during the fair in which famous handicrafts, pottery, paintings, art and crafts and other handmade items are exhibited. Overall, the Dussehra mela of Kota is a grand extravaganza which should be experienced by each and every person at least once in a lifetime.
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