Dasara – Navarathri – September 21st – September 30th 2017

Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?

This year Dasara is celebrated from October 21st – September 30th 2017.

From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures. Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ)  as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.

P.S: The above pictures were taken in 2009 during my visit to Bangalore, at my second brother-in-law and co-sister Madhav Rao and Prameela’s house.

If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.

Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few  major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:

  • Saraswathi Pooja – October 9th
    Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
  • Durgasthami – October 9th
  • Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 10th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
  • Vijayadashami – October 11th

Devotional Songs for Dasara:

1. Srinivasa Bhajane

2. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatha

3. Sri Venkateshwara Stotra

4. Sri Venkateshwara Prapathi

5. Sri Venkateshwara Mangalam

6. Venkata Ramanane Baro

7. Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam

8. Sri Saraswathi Slokas

9. Sri Srinivasa Kalyana by Sri Vadirajaru

10. Mahishasura Mardini Stotra in different languages

11. Sri Ashta Lakshmi Stotra

12. Link to Bombe Habba pictures

P.S: If you would like to share pictures of Gombe Habba (Doll Arrangement’s ) at your place, or friends place send them along. I will post them so everyone will have an idea of how to decorate their dolls this year.

27 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sri on March 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Would like to know, where pattada bombe is available.


  2. Posted by A desai on September 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Hi Meera ,
    Please share the link if u have Gajendra moksham ..


  3. Posted by nagashree on September 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Hi Meera,

    Do u or any other reader here is aware of any book called “Devi Charitre” in kannada. It is meant for Goddess Lalitha/Parvathi/Gowri.

    If yes, do let me know where it is available:: Online/ in person where to purchase. I m looking out for it everywhere.



  4. Posted by jyothi on October 16, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Hi Meera,

    If u dont have kalasha, u can do with a nice steel tumbler, that is what my SIL does who stays in Aus. She wants to follow all these so much that she uses hibiscus leaves, since beetle leaves are not available.. 😉


  5. Posted by Meena on October 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Thanks for the quick response. With so much information you have already provided for people who are looking for it, I think I’ll be a frequent visitor. BTW, I dont have a kalasha in front of the pattada gombe. I’ll take your advice n check with my MIL.

    Thanks again,


  6. Posted by Meena on October 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm


    Also, I’d like to share this link with you. It has the dates for the festivals for the year 2010 specified by region of residence. I have been referring to this site to know the festival dates for my geographical location for the past two years now. It is quite helpful. Here it goes ….



  7. Posted by Meena on October 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Hi Meera,

    I am married into a Madhwa family but did not grow up in one & also did not grow up in Karnataka. I know a few traditions but am not familiar with the Madhwa ones which are sometimes different from the ones I am familiar with…. in short I do not know much. About the kalasha …. do all the members of the family living in separate households – parents & son & family both living in different cities have to keep the kalasha in front of the pattada gombe or is it just enough if the parents keep it. Also, I started to keep the gombes this year & do not know if 9 steps HAVE to be made & do the gombes have to be arranged on the start of the navaratri or can they be set up around Saraswathi Puje too. Could you please clarify.



    • Posted by meeraghu on October 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      I am glad you liked my blog. It is usually customary to keep the kalasha in front of the Pattada Gombe. However, every household has their own custom and tradition, so better to ask your in-laws about their custom.
      I don’t know of any tradition that there has to be 9 steps for the Gombes. If it is not possible to keep the Gombes for 9 days, you start from Saraswathi pooja day also.

      As always, these are just my understanding. I am not a Pandit or a Purohit, so might not know the exact custom also.


  8. Posted by jyothi on October 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Hi Meera,

    I am following ur blog from last 6 months… I am really happy to see ur interest in each n every ritual.. and the detail info that u provide.
    If u r aware of this, Can u pls let me know the significance of kalasha kept in front of gombe..? Why is it required?


    • Posted by meeraghu on October 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Good question, Jyothi. No idea. Never thought about asking why all these days. Just have been doing like my Mom did.


  9. Posted by meera anand on October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Dear Meera

    Thanks for answering. I am going to try sweet dosa tommorow for sarswathi pooja .


  10. Posted by meeraghu on October 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Meera. I have no idea what is cooked for all 9 days of daseera. However, for Saraswathi pooja, it is the sweet dosa, which has been posted.


  11. Posted by meera anand on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Dear Meera
    U may not me but i am ardent fan of ur cooking. I am also a madhwa and my name is also meera. Please post particular receipes for particular festivals.For example what items have to be done for dusserha on all nine days. I would love to cook particular dishes for particular festivals.

    Thanking you


  12. Posted by arathi Ghatikar on October 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

    hi meera,

    congrajulations on the 10 lakh visitors !! it will be multifold in the comming years as u r doing this blog for noble cause providng many info and slokas/bhajans on each festivals. i am sure it must hav given u intense happiness the same shared by all of us. keep up the good work dont get upset by bad comments .i know it takes a lot of hard work and i appreciate ur time ands pataince.
    god bless u and ur family
    ellararigu dasara habbada shubhashayagalu in advance.!!!

    a tiny request : r u having any durga stotra pl post it tahnks


  13. Posted by meeraghu on October 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Thanks so much, Vidhu.


  14. Posted by Vidhu on October 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Hey Meera,

    Very useful post….lovely one:-))

    Thanks a TON! Let venkatramana bless u & ur family!



  15. Posted by Durgapriye on October 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Congrats for gettting Millions of readers visit your fabulous site.
    Happy Dasara to you and your family.
    We keep 5 betel leaves do you know the significance of keeping 4 or 5 leaves if so please explain.(Numbers)


  16. Posted by meeraghu on October 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Thanks and same to you and your family as well.


  17. Posted by dagdu27 on October 6, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Hi Meera,
    I will be very busy in the coming days so please accept my advanced Dasara Wishes to you and Your Family.


  18. Posted by Jyothi on October 6, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Hi Meera,
    I;ve been visiting ur site from last 1 year…..n the information u r providing on different poojas n festivals celebrated in india r really superb.that too u r doing all this being in a foreign country….hats off to u…….keep up the good work….
    I’m a kannadiga……my native is Chitradurga n now living in Bangalore.I work as an Asst.professor in Engg.college…..teaching Physics.
    I’ve read some of ur recipies also n tried some…..come out nice…..thanks….



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