Durga,The Mother Goddess

The festival is dedicated to Durga, the mother goddess who also represents power. Dassera is the worship of Shakti - the primordial, female, energy of the Universe.

When: In the month of September-October.

The Main Highlight

Caparisoned elephants

The king sits on this throne and receives royal guests. He accepts offerings from various temples and religious centres, which are blessed by royal priests chanting Vedic verses and sprinkling holy water. In the olden days vassals, dewans, army chiefs and other royal staff would line up to offer their respects to the throne. An ensemble of musical instruments accompanied by dance begins and the blowing of conches and trumpets announces the beginning of a parade of uniformed soldiers and others.