Dussehra The Hindu festival

One of the biggest festivals celebrated across India, which falls in the month of September-October every year, is the celebration of Dussehra. On this day people wear new clothes, visit several fairs and enjoy a street-food and random shopping spree.



Dussehra History and Significance

Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year in India and Nepal. Dussehra is a famous festival celebrate in our country India. It marks the day on which Lord Rama defeated the king Ravan. The celebration is to remember that the good and holy always wins over evil. The members of the families dress up and come together to spend time with each other on Dussehra by eating good food. Many people go out and spend time at the prominent fairs of Dussehra. In these fairs, some local theater groups stage the play of Ramleela, which is based on Ramayana’s famous Hindu mythological legend. The burning of the big figures representing Ravan, Meghnad, and Kumbhkaran marks the end of this celebration.




Dussehra Festival: History

There are several mythological stories behind this festival. This day in some parts of India signifies the day on which Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur. That is why all the nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshiped on the Navaratri. It is also said that Goddess Durga is immerse in water with the devotees who signifies the departure of Goddess Durga from the material world after maintaining Dharma.

In South India, the Dussehra festival mainly, in Mysore, Karnataka is celebrate as the day when Chamundeshwari, another avatar of Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur. Do you know that the entire city is illuminate with colourful lights and decorate beautifully? In fact parades of elephants that carry processions of Goddess Chamundeshwari were also carry throughout the city.





Dussehra Festival: Significance

This is the festival of the victory of good over evil. Dussehra is celebrated in Ashwin, the 10th month of the Hindu calendar. This is also call Dasara, Dashain and Vijay Dashmi which means, the 10th day of Victory. Dussehra or Vijayadashami is one such festival that the country celebrates. During this festival, people hold outdoor fairs also called meals, and large parades with effigies of Ravana. Dussehra also paves the way for the next big festival – Diwali (the festival of lights). Dussehra is consider as a day for starting new businesses or new investments. The word ‘Dussehra’ signifies the meaning of the festival itself. The word is form from two words Dus means ten and Ahara means day, so this day is call the tenth day. Another meaning comes from the mythology of the festival where ‘Dus’ signifies the ten heads of Ravana or bad or evil and ‘hara’ means to defeat or removal.


Dussehra Festival: Celebrations

This day is celebrate in various ways and means. In the North and especially in the states of UP and Bihar, Ram Leela is perform. Which is the recreation of Lord Rama’s story, perform on stage. The day ends with burning the effigy of Ravana. In Himachal Pradesh, it is celebrate as Kullu Dussehra. Which is mark with a large fair and parade. In the Eastern part of the country. This day marks the farewell of Durga maa and the ladies perform sindoor Khela, and finally immersion of  Durga maa in water.




Puja timing

According to Drikpanchang, the puja muhurat falls on October 5 from 02:07 pm to 02:54 pm while the Durga Visarjan Muhurat is from 6:16 am to 8:37 am.




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