India is a land of festivals. Bastar Dushehra is one of the many festivals celebrated in Chattisgarh – the heart of India. It is also the longest Dushehra festival in India.
Where: Bastar, Chattisgarh
When: August to October
Chattisgarh has many festivals that deserve attention, Bastar Dushehra is just one of them. Bastar is a district in Chattisgarh which has many hidden gems. Bastar is not only known for its beautiful forests, breathtaking waterfalls and unique tribal culture but it’s also famous worldwide for Bastar Dushehra. This festival is a celebration of rich tribal culture, folk music and dance and traditions and rituals which is a must visit to understand the rich and varied culture.
The festivities begin in the month of August and end on the 13th day of the full moon in the month of October. It is during Bastar Dushehra that all the deities from all the villages gather at the temple of Danteshwari in Jagdalpur. It is the longest Dushehra celebrated in India and stretches to 75 days which reaches its crescendo in the last 10 days. It begins with ceremonies like Kachhangadi and Paat Jatra in front of the Danteshwari temple and concludes with Kanchan Jatra and a Muriya Darbar.
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How To Get Here
Raipur in Chattisgarh is the nearest airport to Bastar. Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is another airport close to Bastar.
Raipur is the nearest railway station to Bastar, however Jagdalpur the district headquarters of Bastar also offers limited railway facilities.
Bastar is well connected via road with Jagdalpur. Reach Jagdalpur and take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Bastar.