Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is the day when evil was defeated. This is the day when victory of good and righteousness is celebrated. This day was when Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman, his beloved follower Hanuman and the Vaanar Sena
– a huge army of monkeys, defeated Ravana who had abducted Lord Rama’s wife Mata Sita. After a long fight between the armies of both Ravana and Lord Rama, the Lord finally raised the blazing arrow that Lord Brahma had given him and threw it at Ravana to kill him instantly. It was after this defeat that Lord Rama rescued and reunited with Mata Sita.
The term ‘Dussehra’ means Dus+Hara meaning the defeat of the ten headed demon Ravana. On the other hand the term ‘Vijayadashmi’ means Vijaya+Dashmi meaning victory on the tenth day of the month. Thus, both these terms are used to denote this auspicious day. This day is celebrated on the day after the Sharad Navratri is over, and this year it falls on 11th
October. Hindus across the globe celebrate this festival with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. They symbolize this day as the beginning of good times and prosperity. Different parts of the nation celebrate this festival in different ways, but the central idea is to spread joy and happiness around, and to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
The Northern and Western parts of India observe depictions of Ram Leela
to narrate the prowess and fearlessness of Lord Rama by citing the scripture of the holy Ramayana. The Ram Leela
is followed by burning the effigy of Lord Ravana to symbolize his defeat, which is organized by local communities. People residing in the Western states of India are seen to be enjoying and celebrating the day by consuming jalebi-faafda
. On the other hand, Southern states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh observe this day as auspicious for new beginnings like education, new homes, new offices, gold jewellery and other fresh starts. If you believe in the same and have booked a new car, home or office, make sure to get in touch with the MakeMyPuja Pujaris who will help you with the most appropriate pujas for welcoming the new start in your life. Other rituals observed in temples and communities on this day include Shami Puja, Aparajita Puja and Seema Avalanghan.
The most important places to visit in India during the auspicious festival of Dussehra include –
· Bastar Dushera in Chhattisgarh
· Mysore Dasara in Karnataka
· Madikeri Dasara in Karnataka
· Kota Dussehra in Rajsthan
· Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh
· Mangalore Dasara in Mangalore