In one word if I have to start my blog, I would say, Dussehra is a festival that is celebrated throughout the country as a mark of conquest of good over evil! Yes, the broad meaning of this festival is as popular as the festival of Dussehra. This day is observed on the tenth day of Navratri and is also famously known as Vijayadashami i.e. the winning day. It is a well-known festival celebrated by Hindus all across the nation. It is known by different names in different regions.
The well-known mythological tale that goes with the Dussehra is on this historical day Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and saved his wife Sita who was abducted by the demon. Another tale goes that Goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasura after a long time of cruelty by the demon on people. To mark the triumph of good over evil, large effigies of Ravana are set to fire with fireworks and crackers placed inside it. This way the legendary win is re enacted across the nation and people promise themselves to give a new and refined meaning to their lives. They follow the path of virtue and goodness throughout the year. As a part of the celebration, Ram-Leela is played with actors dressed in different characters of the epic story Ramayana.
This year, Dussehra will be celebrated on 22nd October with fanfare and merriment. In different parts of India, this festival is celebrated differently, but the motto remains the same. It is observed as the victory of good over evil. In the Mysore city, Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. The city is decorated with glowing lights and colours. In West Bengal, idols of Goddess Durga are placed in the pandals. People dress up in new clothes and offer prayers in the pandals.
On the auspicious day of Dussehra, people follow different rituals. Special prayer meetings are kept and food is offered to the God at home or in temples throughout the country. A large fair, popularly known as mela is kept where the effigies of Ravana are burnt. People also worship the household and work-related tools such as books, utensils, computers and vehicles. Many Hindus believe that this day is lucky and auspicious to start a new venture.