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    Some images take on the 10th day of the Dusshera 2015 festival in Tuticorin (India).
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The Dusshera celebrations are held in September/October every year in India. While the festivities may go by different names in different states. Goddess Durga is worshipped in West Bengal, whereas it is Devi Chamundeswari in Karnataka. Gujarat celebrates with the colourful Dandiya Raas and Golu dolls find a special place in homes across Tamil Nadu.
 
The place to be in during Navratri in Delhi is the Ramlila Maidan. The centuries-old Kullu Dussehra is a major attraction in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
 
The Dussehra celebrations at the Mutharamman Temple (as seen below) in Kulasekharapattinam, a coastal town in Tamil Nadu, are popular but not so well known. Located 20 km from Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district, this quaint village comes alive during the 10-day Dussehra festival, with more than 1.5 million people gathering here year after year on the tenth day after new the moon day (according to the Tamil calendar).
 
Sri Mutharmman temple is located at Kulasekhara pattinam village near Tiruchendur just south of Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu, India).  The uniqueness and oddity of the festival is that the devotees need not spend, but are expected to beg token offerings from door to door, then offered to a shrine after the collection. On the last or 10th day of the festival, the  shore of this otherwise deserted coastal village turns into large carnival of folk music and folk dance, and the people dress in an avatar of their choice. They could be dressed as kings or beggars, monkeys or demons, but the more popular is different forms of the Devi (Devī is the Sanskrit word for "goddess”;) The Devi, or Kālī also known as Kālikā is a Hindu goddess who is the mighty aspect of the goddess Durga. The name Kali is derived from the Sanskrit "Kālá", or time — she therefore represents Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. "Kali" also mean "the black one”.