26-09-2017 12:28am | by Preity Shukla
Dussehra- Greet Good over Evil
What is Dussehra? What is the significance of Dussehra?Dussehra is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals which signify the winning of good over evil. It is a festival which is also known by the name Vijayadashmi according to the Hindu mythology. This festival is not just celebrated in India but all over the world. The festival is celebrated all over the world with great pomp and show as it has been believed that Lord Rama killed Ravana on this day and thus, the statues of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna, and his son Meghnath filed with lots of crackers and then got on fire on the tenth day after Navratri (a nine days celebration).
Why is Dussehra celebrated?
Do you know the reason behind this Dussehra celebration? There are numerous mythological stories behind this auspicious celebration and different regions celebrate this festival with different styles or ways. It has been said that Lord Rama killed the evil Ravana who abducted Mata Sita and hidden in the Lanka. Maa Durga helped Lord Rama by providing him the required secret knowledge so as to kill Ravana. Rama, Laxmana, Hanuman, and Mata Sita returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana and here is the day when people celebrate Diwali by lighting the lamps or diyas.
How is Dussehra celebrated?
Dussehra is celebrated in different ways in different places but yes, the festival is celebrated whole-heartedly with a great pomp and show. Let’s discuss the Dussehra Celebration in different regions-
Dussehra Celebration in Bengal, Orissa, and Assam-
Dussehra is celebrated in the form of auspicious Durga Puja in these three states. It is celebrated for about 5 days in Bengal and for about 4 days in Assam and Orrisa. Huge pandals are beautifully decorated for the worshipping of Goddess Durga Maa and there is a grand Puja celebration on the 10th day which is known as Dussehra.
Dussehra Celebration in Himachal Pradesh
Dussehra is celebrated in the Kullu Valley, Dhalpur maidan in the very tenth day. A fair is usually organized in Kullu town which continues for about a week.
Dussehra Celebration in Mysore
The entire Mysore is usually decorated beautifully with numerous flowers, diyas, and bulbs and on the tenth day, Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran got on fire.
Dussehra Celebration in Gujarat
Dussehra is beautifully and excitedly celebrated in the entire Gujarat by performing Garba during all nine days of Navratri.
Dussehra Celebration in Maharashtra
People of Maharashtra worship Goddess Durga for about nine days of Navratri and on the tenth day, they worship Maa Saraswati so as to start anything new.
Dussehra Celebration in Nepal and Mauritius
Dussehra is celebrated with a great enthusiasm in these countries. Maa Durga and Kali are worshipped by the people of Nepal. The other countries also celebrate this occasion with a great devotion.
Dussehra Celebration in Tamil Nadu
Here, people worship the Goddess of wealth and prosperity on the very first three days and next three days, Maa Saraswati is worshipped, and the last three days are fully and wholly devoted to Maa Durga.
Just hold your hands as there are only a few days being left for this festival. Just get prepared yourself to celebrate this auspicious festival, Dussehra.