Festival Special: All You Need To Know About Dusshera

Festival Special: All You Need To Know About Dusshera

Festival Special: All You Need To Know About Dusshera 

New Delhi: Dussehra or Vijay Dashami is a festival celebrated in India with full zeal. "Vijay Dashami" as the name suggests, celebrates the victory of good over evil. While some associate it with the epic battle of Ramayana, others do so to commemorate Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. Diwali, the festival of lights which marks Lord Rama’s homecoming after his victory against Ravana and is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra.

Significance of Dussehra

The festival is celebrated to commemorate the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana. As per Indian Mythology, Ravana had kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita and taken her to his kingdom in Sri Lanka. Lord Rama, along with his brother Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and their army of monkeys travelled to Ravana’s kingdom, where they defeated the demon king.

How Dussehra is celebrated

To show the victory of good over evil, huge dummies of Ravana are burnt on the occasion of Dussehra as part of the celebrations,  in Northern India. Plays and musicals based on the Ramayana are organised in the days preceding Dusshera. It is celebrated twenty days prior to Diwali, and also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara or Dasain in certain parts of our country.

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The festival is celebrated diffrently, in different places:
1. In Kolkata, it is Durga Puja. 
2. In Southern India, the nine days of Navratri are celebrated with a display of gods and dolls called Golu. 
3. Dussehra celebrations in Mysore are one of the most spectacular in the country. During the festival, the famous Mysore Palace is illuminated.
4. In Maharashtra, families visit friends and offer the dried apta leaf, a symbol of prosperity. It is a common ritual for people to invest in gold and other expensive metals; as it is believed to lead to prosperity all year round.

Dussehra/Vijaydashami Pooja Timings: 

Dashami Tithi begins at 15:28 on October 18, 2018 (Thursday) and ends at 17:57 on October 19, 2018 (Friday)

Vijay Muhurat is from 2.18 PM to 3.04 PM on October 19. 


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