King Maravarman Kulasekaran built Mutharamman Devi Temple during his reign, to safe guard the people of the village Kulasekarapattinam, a coastal town in Tamil Nadu. Dussehra celebrations in this place have an interesting face to it. After fasting for 41 days,the devotees visit this temple in an avatar of their choice. The characters could range from kings to beggars, monkeys to demons- the most popular being different forms of the Devi.
Once in their costumes, the devotees have to beg for alms for food and other basic needs. They believe this is practiced so that they overcome their ego. Then they start to perform according to the loud folk beats played all around and they will slowly move into a trance state for a while.
Dussehra celebration starts with flag hoisting and is concluded with Soorasamharam on the late night of Navarathri, which symbolizes the victory of Goddess over the powerful Mahisasura, the man with a buffalo head, signifying the triumph of good over evil. And on next day, with the dawn of Vijayadashami people start going back to their native.