Celebrating Dussehra



Dussehra, in other words also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Shukla Paksh in the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated in a variety of ways in India and the neighboring countries where Hinduism is followed. Dussehra festival comes along in the month of September or October. The day culminates a nine day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture and coincides with the immersion of the idol Goddess Durga. 


According to Ramayana, it is believed that the celebration of Dussehra started in the 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the celebration of the day on a grand scale; the day is being celebrated with great fervor and energy. The festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, as it is the day when Lord Rama killed the ten-headed demon king Ravana. The demon king, who had abducted Sita and had held her captive in Lanka, was hoping to win her love. But Sita, being the devoted wife braced all the ordeals resiliently and waited to be reunited with Rama. The war between the demon king and Lord Rama was fought to rescue Sita from the clutches of Ravana. The war lasted for ten days, which culminated on Dashmi (the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month) when Rama bravely destroyed the ten-headed Ravan and took Sita home along with him. The glorious victory of good over evil, and the home coming of Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman were celebrated with great happiness, which continues to be followed by Hindus to date in the form of Dussehra.




On the festive day, Dussehra puja is performed with great devotion and enthusiasm. In many household, a holy image of Dussehra is drawn on the floor and worshipped. Customary rituals including doing puja with water, offerings of grains, flowers, fruits and sweets along with the lighting of dhoop and deepak followed by the parikrama are observed. After the puja, food and dakshina are dutifully offered to Brahmins for successful achievement. In the evening, the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakaran and son Meghanath are burnt in a grand manner; this event is eagerly watched by thousands all over India.






Dussehra festival is celebrated on a large scale, but the most famously it celebrated in Mysore. People visit the puja pandals wearing new clothes, traditional food is prepared at home and celebrate the significant day with families and friends. And to add to this festival, Dussehra is also considered an auspicious day to begin new ventures like business or any kind of work. Dussehra is truly a beautiful, enriching occasion of celebration, happiness and most importantly the worship of good.