This day, Bengalis celebrate Bijoya Dashami which marks the 10th day of Durga Puja. The statues of Goddess Durga are immersed in water and married women smear vermillion on each other’s faces wearing beautiful red and white sarees.
In other parts of the country, Hindus burn effigies of Ravana which signifies the end of evil. There are many fireworks and lovely feasts.
Facts about Dussehra
- The name Dussehra comes from the Sanskrit language “Dash” and “Hara”. It literally means the defeat of the sun. As per mythology, had Lord Ram not defeated Ravana, the sun would have never risen.
- On the day of Dussehra, people in Mysore, worship Goddess Chamundeshwari.
- In Tamil Nadu, this festival is called Golu.
- In North India, many sow barley seeds in earthen pots when Navratri begins and on the Dussehra these seeds become symbols of luck which are placed under their caps by the men.
- According to some of the other legends, Goddess Parvati returned to her husband Lord Shiva on this day as she had come to her home – Earth with her kids during Navratri.
- As per some beliefs, the first time Dussehra was celebrated in a grand way, was in the Mysore Palace in the 17th century, by then King Wodeyar.
- The festival is also celebrated in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The devotees visit the valley of Gods and it all begins with the procession of Lord Raghunath.
- Dussehra is a festival celebrated with great fervour, not just in India, but also in Nepal, and Bangladesh. It is the national holiday of Malaysia.
- This festival is also important to the farmers as it marks the harvest of Kharif crops and sowing of rabi crops.
- This day, people got 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 on Dussehra when Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.
- It is also the day when Dr. B.R.Ambedkar converted to Buddhism.
- This festival is also the day when the pandavas came home after a 13 year exile.
Besides Durga Puja and burning of Ravana effigies, Dusshera is also celebrated with fasting and prayers at temples. Gujaratis perform a traditional dance called daandiya raas and garba. As per tradition, in many households, the elders give dakshina to the younger members of the family as blessings. The day also marks the end of Ram lila when individuals put up small skits retelling the story of Ram, Sita and Laxman. It was also the day when the Kuru clan was annihilated by Arjuna, on his own, during the battle of Kurukshetra. In many parts of Southern India, the festival honours Ma Saraswati, the Goddess of arts and knowledge.
This year the Vijay muhurat is between 2:02 pm to 2:48 pm. Aparahna puja muhurat starts at 1:16 pm and ends at 3:34 pm. The Shravana Nakshatra begins at 9:36 am on Oct 14, 2021 and ends at 9:16 am on October 15, 2021.
On Dussehra, the puja offerings include Pindi khoya tarts, payasam, coconut barfi, jaggery rasgullas, badam halwa and even besan laddoos.
Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Dussehra. May all evil disappears from your lives.
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