What is the history of Dandiya?
Dandiya also known as ‘Dandiya Raas’ is a folk dance of Gujarat, India. Dandiya has originated from India and dates back to the era when dances were performed in the form of Garba in honor of Goddess Durga.
It is a belief in India that Dandiya represents a mock fight between Durga and Mahishasura where sticks of Dandiya represent the sword of Goddess Durga and is performed after the Garba.
Dandiya is also associated with Raas Lila of Lord Krishna with the women folk known as Gopiyan.
Dandiya is performed in groups where men and women wear colorful clothes and dance in merriment in Navratri.
It is slowly becoming famous in the Gujarati community all over the world.