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Bastar Dussehra, also known as Jagdalpur Dussehra, is one of the most vibrant celebrations in the country. Centred in the state of Chhattisgarh, this 75-day-long festival (often called the longest festival in the world) is believed to have started in the 13th century, during the reign of king Purushottam Dev (fourth king of Bastar), who was a devotee of Lord Jagannatha of Puri. Unlike other Dussehra festivities in the country, this festival doesn't hail the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana. Instead, it pays homage to the local deity, Goddess Danteshwari Devi. The carnival sees people from different tribes of the state, step out in bright traditional attires. Energy and excitement take over the streets, accompanied by dancing and drumming. At the centre is a massive and beautifully decorated chariot that is pulled through the streets by as many as 400 people. The last 10 days of the festival are the most spectacular, ending on the day of Dussehra.