On this day, Bengalis celebrate Bijoya Dashami which marks the 10th day of Durga Puja. Statues of Goddess Durga are submerged in water and married women paint their faces vermilion wearing beautiful red and white saris.
In other parts of the country, Hindus burn effigies of Ravana which signify the end of evil. There are lots of fireworks and great parties.
Facts about Dussehra
- The name Dussehra comes from the Sanskrit language “Dash” and “Hara”. It literally means the defeat of the sun. According to mythology, if Lord Ram had not defeated Ravana, the sun would never have risen.
- On Dussehra day, the people of Mysore worship Goddess Chamundeshwari.
- In Tamil Nadu, this festival is called Golu.
- In northern India many sow barley seeds in earthen pots at the beginning of Navratri and on the Dussehra these seeds become symbols of luck which are placed under their bonnets by men.
- According to some of the other legends, Goddess Parvati returned to her husband Lord Shiva on that day as she came to her home – Earth with her children during Navratri.
- According to some beliefs, the first time Dussehra was celebrated in a grand way was at Mysore Palace in the 17th century, then King Wodeyar.
- The festival is also celebrated in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Devotees visit the Valley of the Gods and it all starts with the procession of Lord Raghunath.
- Dussehra is a festival celebrated with great fervor not only in India but also in Nepal and Bangladesh. It’s Malaysia’s National Day.
- This festival is also important for farmers as it marks the harvesting of Kharif crops and the sowing of rabi crops.
- On this day people came to know the secret power of Lord Rama and Goddess Durga as the latter revealed the way to kill Ravana to Lord Rana.
- Along with Ravana, the effigies of Kumbhkarna and Meghanad are also burned on this day.
- It is said that it was in Dussehra when Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.
- It is also the day Dr BRAmbedkar converted to Buddhism.
- This holiday is also the day the pandavas returned home after 13 years of exile.
Apart from Durga Puja and the burning of Ravana effigies, Dusshera is also celebrated with fasting and prayers in temples. Gujaratis perform a traditional dance called daandiya raas and garba. According to tradition, in many homes, the elders give the dakshina to the younger members of the family as a blessing. The day also marks the end of Ram lila when individuals put up small skits telling the story of Ram, Sita and Laxman. It was also the day when the Kuru clan was annihilated by Arjuna, alone, in the battle of Kurukshetra. In many parts of South India, the festival honors Ma Saraswati, the goddess of arts and knowledge.
This year, the Vijay muhurat is between 2:02 p.m. and 2:48 p.m. Aparahna puja muhurat starts at 1:16 p.m. and ends at 3:34 p.m. The Shravana Nakshatra begins at 9:36 a.m. on October 14, 2021 and ends at 9:16 a.m. on October 15, 2021.
On Dussehra, puja offerings include Pindi khoya pies, payasam, coconut barfi, jaggery rasgullas, badam halwa and even besan laddoos.
We wish all our readers a very good Dussehra. May all evil disappear from your lives.
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