Dussehra Festival- Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Ashwin on the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is a festival that symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Here we will know the reason for the celebration of Dussehra i.e why Dussehra is celebrated.
Why Dussehra is celebrated
The festival is celebrated differently across all the states in India. In most of the states, it is celebrated in honor of Lord Rama. Dussehra signifies the establishment of Dharma and the abolishment of Adharma. To understand why Dussehra is celebrated, first, understand the history of Dussehra.
History of Dussehra
It is also known as Vijayadashmi, Dassera, Dashain, Durgotsav, all the words have their own unique meaning. There are several mythological stories behind the festival, which described the history and reason for the Dussehra celebration.
Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur- In Eastern Indian parts of the country, Dussehra signifies the day on which Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur. Therefore, this day is celebrated as “Vijayadashami”. It is also another reason for, nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshiped on the Navratri. In the state of Orissa, the festival is known as Vijoja Dashmi, this day is celebrated as the culmination of “Sharadiya Durga Puja”. This is the reason why Dussehra is celebrated.
Lord Rama’s Victory over demon Ravan- According to the Hindu religious text “Ramayana” It is the day when Lord Rama had eliminated Lanka king, Ravana who had kidnapped his wife, Goddess Sita. The festival is celebrated as a symbol of victory of good over evil. This is the main and common reason why Dussehra is celebrated.
Kids are told the tale of the mighty Lord Rama and how he killed Ravana in order to rescue his wife, goddess Sita from the clutches of the evil king. Rama was accompanied by his brother Laxmana, Lord Hanuman, and his army of Vanars (Monkey).
Return of Pandavas- In Maharashtra, beside Lord Rama and Goddess Durga, the Dussehra festival is related to other interesting reasons. Here the flour tree is worshiped and its leaves are gifted to the near and dear one. It is also believed that on this day the Five Pandavas return after completing 12 years of exile, retrieved their weapons from under a Shami tree, where they had stored them for safekeeping.
Significance of Dussehra Festival
Dussehra Festival Significance- This festival signifies that wrongdoings on some of the other day come in front of everyone. It’s a small carnival to celebrate the win of good over the evil and truth over lies. Whether any evil forces push you, truth and righteousness always win.
Dussehra is the festival which the country celebrates with great zeal and enthusiasm. Though people tend to celebrate this festival in their own way, the significance remains the same.
Regardless of being it Hindu festival, India is a land of the festival where people forget their own caste, creed, and other such features to cherish the spirit of brotherhood. And the hype that surrounds Dussehra needs to be experienced, once in a lifetime to stricken with the festive fever.
Meaning of Vijayadashami
As we discuss earlier that Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami, which is a composite of two words “Vijaya” and “Dashami”. It respectively means “victory” and “tenth”, connoting the festival on the tenth day celebrating the victory of good over evil.
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