Dussehra (Dashehra) coincidentally falls on the tenth day just after the nine days of Navratri festival. People also recall it by other names such as Vijayadashmi. The victory of Ram over king Ravana and thus, good over evil is the main significance of the day. As per our Sanskrit language explanation, the word Dussehra is derived from dasha and hara. Dasha in Sanskrit means TEN and Hara mean DEFEAT.
In this article, we shall learn about how, where, and when is Dussehra celebrated. Hope you find this useful and share it with your friends to spread more positivity and joy.
The festival reminds the start of winters. Dussehra arrives just before Diwali (the most important Hindu festival of lights). Although, the dates may differ every year but Dussehra always comes post Nine Days of Navratri. This year, Dussehra will arrive on the 25th of October.
All Hindus strongly believe that this day is a significant remembrance to keep in mind that regardless of the dark times, happiness will follow you.
Although Dussehra is the festival of Hindus, it has become a global affair. People from different parts of India celebrate this festival with the same spirit and joy. Different states welcome this day with different styles. After 9 days of rigorous fasting during Navratri, people celebrate Dussehra with a grand feast.
On the day of Dussehra, Lord Ram killed King Ravana, which marked the victory of good over evil, and on the same day, Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahisasur.
The beginning of lights in and outside the house begins from Navratri itself. People decorate their house, make rangolis, light fireworks, exchange sweets, on a personal note. One major highlight of the festival is the burning of three statues filled with splendid fireworks. These three statues depict King Ravana, his brother Kumbhakaran, and son, Meghanath.
Other major attractions include the Ramlila which is a drama that conveys the entire story of the journey of Lord Ram including his victory over Raavan.
If you really wish to know the unity of India, you must be a part of these festivals keeping aside the caste and religion. Happiness any way does not have any pictures but it can be defined with the exchange of emotions and greetings with fellow beings.
Get ready to celebrate as the festival is near for 2020. We wish you a very Happy Dussehra in advance!