Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami which is celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. According to the Hindu Calendar, the festival falls on the full moon day and according to the Gregorian months, it is celebrated in September and October. There are different reasons to celebrate the day in different parts of India. In the East and Northeast parts, it is considered the end of Durga Puja. They remember Goddess for killing the buffalo demon to help restore Dharma. In the North, South and West parts of India, the festival marks as the end of Ramlila and people remember Ram’s victory over Ravana.
Dussehra Date in 2017
Significance of Dussehra
On the eve of Dussehra, the clay idols of the Goddess Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya are immersed to the river or pond with a wish to celebrate the day again in the next year. The same day, a big effigy of Ravana is burnt with fireworks, symbolizing evil’s destruction. Vijayadasami gives reason to people to get ready for another big festival, called Diwali which is celebrated after 20 days of Dussehra.
History of Dussehra
Dussehra is celebrated as the Goddess Durga’s victor over the demon. But a large number of Hindus consider it the triumph of good over evil. Lord Rama killed the demon king Ravana on this day. The world’s famous Hindu epic, Ramayana, describes how Ram killed Ravana and saved his wife from the clutch of the demon. Shoorpanakha, a sister of Ravana evoked her brother kidnapped Ram’s wife, Sita. Thus, the battle between Rama and Ravana started.
Almost all Hindus have faith for the day and they offer prayers to the Goddess Durga. There are fairs organized by many Hindus societies. Dussehra is celebrated with full of enthusiasm.
Ramlila is organized in many parts of India, describing Ram and Ravana fight which is actually a fight of good over evil.
In Mysore, the state of Karnataka, a large procession of Goddess Chamundeshwari on throne mounted on elephants is taking out on the day.
In West Bengal, women play Sindoor ki Holi before immersing Goddess Durga.
Special food is prepared including luchi (fried bread) and alur dom (a potato recipe) in Bengal.
For many Hindus, Dussehra is one of the best days to start a new venture.