Dussehra is observed on the tenth day of Navratri. The Dussehra festival is special as it celebrates the victory of good over evil. Dussehra is also known as ‘Vijayadashami‘. The word ‘Vijaya’ means victory and ‘Dashmi’ means the tenth-day. The importance of Dussehra is considered all over the country in different forms and even in Nepal. Here, we would know the importance of Dussehra and how it is celebrated across the country.
In Northern India and western India, Dussehra is celebrated as the homicide of Ravana by Rama. On the day, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran, and Meghanada are burnt. In many places, the story of Ramlila is enacted for 9 days.
Dussehra, Delhi. In Delhi, Dussehra is celebrated as the day when Lord Ram defeated the evil Ravana. Temples are decorated, religious music is played and Ramlila is performed.
There is celebration of Kullu Dussehra in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Its a grand celebration marking victory of Raghunath over evil. There’s a large fair and parade by lakhs of people. This procession of people marks the arrival of floats with deities from different part of country to Kullu.
In Southern India, people Worship Durga, lighting up temples and major forts such as at Mysore and display figurines called golu.
It was an important festival of the Vijayanagar kingdom referred there as Mahanavami. Here, Durga was revered as Chamundeshwari.
In some places, people also Worship Saraswati the goddess of knowledge.
Western India signifies Dussehra both as the victory of Ram and Durga. In Gujarat, there is 9-day long regional dandiya raas worshiping Durga. People observe fast and prayers. Rajut warriors of Rajasthan has utmost importance of Dussehra.
Dussehra in eastern India is known as Bijoyadashmi. Its the day when the statues of Goddess Durga is immersed in water after the celebration of Durga Pooja. Durga Pooja is celebrated for nine days considering the battle of Goddess Durga and her victory over demon Mahishasura.
Dussehra in Nepal is revered as Dashain. Youngsters visit their elders and teachers. The teachers and the elderly put a tilak on their forehead and give blessings to them.
Dussehra is a festival of celebration. Also, the preparations for Diwali begin with Dussehra making the whole atmosphere festive and divine.
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