Happy Dussehra Festival Date 2017
Dussehra Victory on The Tenth Day
The months of October and November are usually filled with a festive mood for Indians, two major festivals being celebrated during these months: Dussehra and Diwali. Dussehra is an important festival in India that lasts for nine nights and ten days. The festival is celebrated in various forms in different parts of the country.
The festival ends on the tenth day called Vijayadashami which means “victory on the tenth day”. India is a land of distinct cultures and colorful festivals. Each festival in India has its own meaning and purpose of celebration.
The festival of Dussehra has a religious meaning and inherent values. It is celebrated on Dashmi (10th day) of the lunar month of Ashwin. According to the great Indian epic, Ramayana, Ravana was a great scholar but a demon. He was the king of Sri Lanka. He was killed on this day by Rama.
Bengalis believe that Durga came to earth on this day. The meaning of Durga is victory of good over evil. ‘We celebrate Dussehra so that our evils are destroyed and goodness triumphs. It connotes ten evils, which man should conquer as “Duss’ means ten and ‘hara’ means defeat.
Dussehra is celebrated in all parts or India with joy and fervor. The effigies of the demon kings, Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath are burnt. The Ramayana is staged and fairs are arranged all over the country. People feast and distribute sweets. Children wear new clothes and get toys and sweets.
In some communities on this Day, sisters put a tîlak on their brothers’ foreheads and pray for their welfare. Businessmen worship their account books. Dussehra not only brings joy but also inspires us to win over our bad instincts by good deeds and pious thoughts.
Dussehra celebrates the victory of good over evil as of Navratri and Durga Puja. The festive celebration basically marks the end of Durga Puja in the Eastern sub-continents of India, Navratri in the Western and South-Western sub-continents and Ram Leela in the Northern sub-continents respectively.
Dussehra Festival History
The most popularly reason for commemorating the festival is the defeat of Ravana of Lanka by Lord Rama. According to the story of Ramayana, Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver. Ravana, the King of Lanka kidnaps Rama’s wife Sita After hearing about Sita’s beauty – Rama’s wife – Ravana, the King Of Lanka, kidnaps he.
Rama then indulges in a campaign to defeat Ravana and claim back his abducted wife. This whole story of Ramayana is one of the epic stories of India. Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated for different reasons with respect to the different Indian sub-continents.
In Eastern and North-Eastern regions, people observe it as Durga Puja, commemorating the triumphant win of Goddess Durga over the demon kind Mahishasura that symbolises victory of good over evil. Whereas, in the Western and South-Western regions, people observe Dussehra signifying the victory of Lord Rama over the evil Lankan King Ravana. As the reasons for celebrating the fest are different, even the rituals and customs performed vary.