Dussehra is celebrated in Kota in Sep-Oct. This 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. More than 75 feet tall effigies of the demons Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day to symbolise the victory of good over evil. Usually these effigies are filled with crackers. A young child dressed as Lord Ram is made to shoot an arrow of fire at Ravana and the huge figure is burnt.
Villagers gather here dressed in multicolored clothes to offer prayers
to Lord Rama and to celebrate his victory over Ravana. Prominent artists
from all over the country are invited to participate in cultural
programmes that enthrall the huge audience with their performances. 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. Dramas, depicting the Armageddon, are very common.
Like all festivals in Rajasthan, it provides a good opportunity to the
traders to display their attractive wares to the rural and urban buyers.
Small effigies of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakhsman are very common works of
sculpture. The Kota Dussehra fair lasts for about a fortnight.