Dussehra is a famous festival in India, celebrated after nine sacred night of “Sharad Navratri”. After Navratri, on the tenth day it is Dussehra, which is also known as “Vijayadashami”. This festival is a triumph of good over evil, on this day lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu killed 10-headed demon Ravana and Goddess Durga killed buffalo demon Mahishashur. People from every part of India enjoy Dussehra with great enthusiasm. Hindu festival “Dussehra” is an auspicious day for the people of India. In Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as an important festival after popular Durga Puja.
In other regional language, Dussehra is called as “Dasara”, “Dashera” or “Dussera”. The meaning of Dussehra in Sanskrit language is “Dasha” (Ten Evils) & “Hara” (Defeat or Remove) i.e. remove the ten bad evils. While Vijayadashami meaning in Sanskrit is “Vijaya” (Victory) + Dashmi (10th Day) thus literally it means Victory on the Dashmi (the 10th day of the Hindu calendar). Other than India, It is also celebrated in other countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Japan and Java etc. Many events and fairs are organized in the most of the parts of India during Dussehra festival. Shastra puja is also one of the rituals, which has been performed during this time. Dussehra is a festival for sacrificing ego, anger & evils and to adopt calm & good behavior.
Dussehra 2018 Date in India?
According to Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Ashwin every year
According to Gregorian calendar it is held in the month of September or October. After 20 days of Dussehra festival, the grand festival of India, Diwali is celebrated with great fervor.
Interesting and Unknown Facts about Dussehra/Vijayadashmi:
Many people do not know about Dussehra festivals much. So here, we have listed interesting and unknown facts about Dussehra festival.
1 - In Nepal, Dussehra festival is known as “Dashain”.
2 - Another unknown fact about Dussehra is that “Dasara” is the national festival of Nepal.
3 - In Himachal Pradesh, It is celebrated as “Kullu Dussehra” in Dhalpur maidan of Kullu valley.
4 - Dussehra is also well known by the name of Viajayadashmi, the meaning of Viajayadashmi is the victory on the tenth day.
5 - The Dussehra festival is not celebrated only in India but also celebrated in other countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia with great zeal.
6 - The large effigy of demon Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath was burnt on this day along with firecrackers.
7 - Dussehra celebration was started in the 17th century in Mysore.
8 - It is believed that on the day of Dussehra, the great Ashoka was converted to Buddhism.
9 - On the day of Dussehra, Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism religion. It is also an unknown fact of Dussehra.
10 - Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri festival, which is also the day of Durga Puja Festival.
11 - Another interesting fact of Dussehra is this that farmers celebrate it as harvest festival also. Farmers harvest the Kharif crop after Dussehra while Rabi crop is being planted after 20 days of Dussehra.
12 - Ravana has ten heads and each head represents the one evil so the ten evils are Jealousy, Anger, Pride, Ego, Lust, Selfishness, Injustice, Greed, Attachment and Injustice. Dussehra is the festival to win over these evils.
13 - According to mythology, The Ram Setu (30 Km long bridge) was built by the monkey Gods (Vanaras).Lord Rama takes this path to reach demon king Ravana and killed him.
14 - On the day of the Dussehra, Devotees immersed the idols of Goddess Durga after Durga puja.
15 - At the time of Durga Puja, people also worship the Weapons.
16 - In South India, Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati Puja has been performed by the devotees. During Puja, students also worship the books.
History of Dussehra (Vijayadashami):
This is the occasion of victory of Lord Ram over Demon king Ravana of Lanka. It is said that on this day Lord Rama killed the demon Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Sita.
Ramlila has been held during the nine days of navratri. Various actors take a part in the “Ramlila” and play their role according to Ramayana story. The Ramlila story begins with the birth of the Lord Rama and end at the stage of killing Ravana. On the tenth day huge effigies of demon Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Ravana’s son Megnath are placed in a long ground. Fireworks and crackers are also attached with these effigies to destroy these effigies fully. Actors dressed as Lord Ram, his brother Lakshman, follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys for final battle with demon Ravana. After some play and drama the character playing Rama shoots a flaming arrow to the effigy of Ravana and as the crackers catch fire, effigies starts burning and blasted. The ground is filled with sound of crackers. People feel the victory of Lord Rama and their heart filled with zeal and cheer.
In all over India, People lit the clay diyas and put those outside of their home to welcome the Lord Rama & his wife Sita. After victory on demon Ravana, the people who are playing the role of Lord Rama, Sita, lakshman and Hanuman sit in a Chariot (Rath). The victory procession is carried out in the streets of the city where people welcome them with cheer.
Dussehra/Vijayadashmi Date in Upcoming Years
2018 Dussehra/Vijayadashmi SMS, Wishes and Messages:
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In India, Dussehra is also the time of a new harvest season for farmers to work in the field and plant the seeds. Government offices and banks remain closed on this day.