© Shuchi Kapoor
Hindu culture places an implicit faith in the act of renunciation, as do many others. The festival of Dasara (derived from Sanskrit, meaning 'remover of bad faith') is especially known to celebrate this act with commendable gusto and faith. It brings an opportunity to masquerade in the God's garb offering blessings around. Most men are dressed up as Kali and leave you awestruck with their dance performances, their make-up and the unforgettable thick and scary hair tresses; women and children participate with equal fervour. This holy carnival invites thousands from all over South India to participate and pay their respects to their Gods and finally ends with a holy dip in the Bay of Bengal. Famous for its powerful effect of getting into a holy trance just before you enter the temple, the festivity can get quite nerve tingling with an overdose of excitement and well, a high degree of madness.