Originating as devotional Garba dances, which were always performed in Goddess Durga’s honour, this dance formed by staging of a mock-fight between the Goddess and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king, and is nicknamed “The Sword Dance”. During the dance, dancers energetically whirl and move their feet and arms in a complicated, choreographed manner to the tune of the music with various rhythms. Dhol is used as well as complementary percussion instruments such as dholak, tabla, bongos and others.