Dussehra is one of the huge and most important Hindu festivals in India, celebrated with great zest and zeal throughout the country. But Dussehra in Kota, Rajasthan is unique in itself and is much acclaimed throughout the country. It is usually celebrated in September-October every year. Dussehra is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over the devil demon Ravana, the triumph of good over evil. During the Dussehra festival, Kota gets transformed into a vibrant and vivacious venue, offering a great opportunity to sense the rich culture of the city.
The gigantic effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnad are placed in an open ground. These effigies, filled with firecrackers, are shot with arrows of fire by an actor dressed as Ram. The huge effigies are burnt with explosion of sound and light, which is well-cherished by the mass spectators. The theatrical presentation of Ram Lila is one of the most sought after parts of the Kota Dussehra. Lots of cultural programmmes are organized during the festival, participated by the well-known artistes from across the country. The grand procession and the different cultural programmes held throughout the festival allure large number of villagers and visitors from the country. Kota Dussehra makes one to look into the grandeur of Rajasthan while soaking in fun of the fair.