Dussehra in Bastar

A 600-year old tribal festival

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September 12, 2015

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A 600-year old tribal festival

A 600-year old tribal festival

 

Dussehra in Bastar district in the state of Chhattisgarh spans over 75 days starting in the month of August and ending in October. The 600-year old festival involves the participation of diverse tribes that compose almost 80% of the population of the state. The festival involves very specific rituals as it is deeply influenced by the local myths and religious beliefs of the tribals.The king of Bastar plays a very important role in the festivities. Considered as a “living god” by the tribals he performs different rituals in the villages of Bastar.

 

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