Jammu and Kashmir are also known as heaven on earth, the land of Jammu, and Kashmir has always been a disputed land since the independence of India. As J&K is the reason for the conflict between India, Pakistan, and china. The states are divided into three parts Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir. Kashmir is mainly inhabited by Muslims, and Jammu by the Hindus, and Ladakh by the Buddhists.In spite of the geographical division of Hindus living in Jammu and Muslims in Kashmir. Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus living in Kashmir celebrate their festival follow their rituals. One of them is Dussehra. Dussehra is a Hindu festival which is a decade-old festival when in Ramayana ram killed Ravana, Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year.it marks the end of Ramlila and remembers God Rama’s victory over the Ravana. Ravana has ten heads; the killing of one who has ten heads is called Dusshera. the victory of Good over Evil, this was the story behind the celebration of Dussehra. This year Dussehra is coming on the 15th of October 2021. In Kashmir, people celebrate this festival with utmost joy and enthusiasm, despite that Kashmir has very less population of Hindus Dussehra is celebrated like other cities or states of India. As it is a very old and meaningful tradition that gives hope to all of us that the evil forces of our lives will finish and good forces will come. Well, Kashmiri Pandits restarted celebrating the festival in the Valley after the gap of 20 years in 2007 and since then Dussehra is celebrated in the valley in joy and happiness. Let us see how Kashmiri pandits and Hindus celebrate the festival of victory of good over evil ‘Dussehra’ together in Kashmir-
Burning Ravana Statue-
Dussehra, the festival of means the victory of good over evil, is celebrated with very religious belief and enthusiasm in Kashmir Valley. Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus burn giant cardboard statues of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath installed on big grounds. The statue may include firecrackers and rockets to give the vibe of festivity, it’s just like the other states of India do.
Hundreds of people, including women and children reach to the ground to witness the fireworks and the ritual of burning the statue in the evening. People celebrate it with immense joy people lit butter lamps outside their house as it means that darkness is referred to as evil so to remove evil butter lamps and candles are lit to spread light. Dussehra is celebrated on the culmination of nine days of Navratras.