Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Unique Celebration of Dushara Festival in Almora

Almora is a cultural city of Uttarakhand, India. In Almora, Dushara festival celebrate in a different way which I heard many time but could not be a part of it. So this time I decided to be a part of this celebration…

When I reach Almora, I could feel the essence of festival all over. Everybody was in mood of fiesta. When I walk through the cramp market of city I saw many half complete effigies of demons relate to Ravan’s family. In one place huge body of demon is laying on earth to get dressed...

Some Mohalla are relating demons with today’s problem which also should have to be burn…  

Children are also fully involved in the celebration and making their own effigy. When I look at them they give me pose which means a silent order to take a picture…

Almora has different Mohllas (Societies) and all participate in the festival donating one effigy.  By the afternoon every Mohallas (Societies) get ready to go for final parade of effigies.  These huge effigies are wheeled on huge makeshift stage through the market with blowing trumpets and drums.  This is the uniqueness of Almora Dushahra that not only Ravan but other devils also burn…

By the evening every place of city swelled by the people and echoes with religious slogan which make place full of energy. Accompanied with music and crowed all effigies are lined up to the final point…


  1. Hello Vineeta,
    Very nice pictures of these fantastic large handmade dolls.
    So amazing. It's a wonderful work of art. That must be a nice and cozy event.

    Kind regards,

  2. Schön diese großen Puppen zum Fest.


  3. Very fascinating. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. You writing brought up the festival mood in my mind.

  4. What a great festival - so full of color and energy.

  5. You should visit Penang one day too.

  6. Great photos of this event! Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. That is interesting. never seen anything like this before.

  8. As always, captured beautifully!

  9. I'm glad you were able to attend this festival and share your marvelous photos with us.

  10. So many avatars of the Ravan.

  11. Very unique and distinctive festival and I can feel liveliness in the air. Little children would feel scared, wouldn’t they?