Dasara in Pune – a photo essay
Last Sunday was Dasara, and I was in Pune. The festival is known as Dasara in Maharashtra, but in the north it is known as Dussera. The 10-day festival has a different meaning in the south, the west, the east and in the north and is celebrated in different ways although fundamentally the festival is a celebration of Good triumphing over Evil.
On this day farmers start a new crop season…people also worship they tools they use…either machines, books or computers. It is an auspicious occasion to buy gold, start a new business or purchase a new house. In addition, in Maharashtra it is a custom to exchange Aapati leaves. The leaves symbolise gold.
Dasara is in fact one of the most important festivals in India and celebrated with pomp and show all over the country. Pune is a city which never fails to celebrate festivals with gusto and I leave you with some photographs of my trip.
The day before Dasara we had gone out for dinner and on the way back got stuck in two separate processions…the road was jammed with vehicles, people, and ofcourse…Goddess Durga.
Although it was late, people were still buying marigold flowers and garlands which are used extensively during Dasara.
The next morning the streets were wore a deserted look as everyone was busy making preparations for the big day of pooja and the festive lunch.
Vehicles were decorated with marigold garlands.
Shop-keepers were busy with decorations too.
There were flower sellers at every corner, just in case someone had to do some last-minute buying.
This kid had attached flowers to the wheels of his cycle…
Just an example of a dressed-up temple in the city.
Rangoli (drawings with white and coloured powders) is a kind of floor art and part of religious tradition in India. During major festivals it is common to make rangolis outside one’s door or in the courtyard.
But this doesn’t mean that life isn’t normal. 🙂 Youngsters were out to have their street-side chaat. After all, it was a holiday…
(Photographs by me)