The term Dusshera is widely used in
In Karnataka, Dusshera commemorates the victory of Goddess Chamundi or Goddess Chamudeswari over Demon Mahishasura. It is believed that Goddess Chamundi (Durga) vanquished Mahisha and other demons on this day after 10-day long war.
The most famous Dusshera celebrations in Karnataka take place
It is also believed that during this period Lord Ram performed ‘Chandi Puja’ to invoke the blessings of Goddess Durga for slaying Ravana. Pleased with Lord Ram, Goddess Durga or Goddess Chamundeswari divulged the secret to Lord Rama on how to slay Ravana. Thus there is a link between the Durga Puja, Navratri and Dusshera.