Dussehra - The Celebration Of Victory

Dussehra, popularly known as the festival of “good over evil”, is a Hindu festival celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Rama for his brave defeat over Ravana. It is a symbolism of triumph of truth, courage, belief, honesty, and demolition of evil qualities. It is celebrated by burning the idol of Ravana to ashes and metaphorically means the killing of any negative and demonic energy.

Why Is Dussehra Celebrated After Navratri?

According to the Hindu fable, Dussehra is celebrated after the nine auspicious days of Navratri because Lord Rama worshipped Maa Durga to seek her blessings before going to the battle and defeating Ravana. 

Dussehra is also known as “Vijay Dakshami”, where “Vijay” means victory and “Dashmi” means the tenth; hence, It is celebrated on the 10th day. 

It also marks the onset of preparations for Diwali as it is believed that after hearing the fantastic win of Lord Ram, people from his hometown began preparations for his homecoming and hence, Diwali is celebrated by lighting diyas and decorating homes. 

Significance of Dussehra

It is celebrated across India by many names and holds a lot of significance. It denotes one of the most potent winnings of Lord Rama, and some also celebrate to bid farewell to the Goddess Durga. In any way, Dussehra instils a sense of confidence and strength amongst the people to fight for the right and make decisions wisely in order always to follow the path of truthfulness and restrain from performing ill deeds.

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Dussehra - The Celebration of Victory

History of Dussehra

It is celebrated differently, and many stories are associated with it. According to Ramayana, when Lord Laxman, Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were banished from the state and living in a jungle, Ravan impersonated as someone else and kidnapped Goddess Sita and deceived Lord Rama. So, in order to rescue Goddess Sita, Lord Rama had to start a war with Ravana, and he attained victory.

In the southern parts of India, Vijay Dashami is observed as the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. 

How is Dussehra Celebrated?

  • It is celebrated in many ways in various regions according to their belief and devotion. Mostly, impressive dramas and theatrical stages are set up for the performance of Ram Leela, and people participate in it with great enthusiasm.
  • In the western states of India, Dussehra is celebrated by performing Dandiya Raas and lighting streets and temples with fairy lights and diyas.
  • On this day, Lord Rama, Goddes Durga and Goddess Saraswati are worshipped by reciting their aartis and offering flowers to the idol with great devotion.
  • Also, the most common practice on Dussehra is lighting up the idol of ten-headed Ravana with fire and chanting the powerful phrase “burai pe acchai ki jeet”, meaning “ victory of good over evil”.

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