Dussehra 2022 : The Festival Of Good over Evil !

Safalta expert Published by: Gitika Jangir Updated Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:34 PM IST

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The Dussehra celebration will be held on October 5, 2022. Learn more about the history and significance of the Dussehra holiday at Safalta.com.

Every year, Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu calendar's Ashwin month. Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit words Dasha (ten) and Hara (festival) (defeat). This was the day Lord Ram defeated Ravan (the 10-headed demon king). Dussehra also marks the start of the preparations for the Diwali festival, which takes place 20 days later.The Dussehra festival culminates the Navratri (nine-day) holiday with Vijayadashami. It will be observed on October 5 this year. Several rituals are conducted during the Aparahna period on Dussehra, including 'Shami puja,' 'Aparajita puja,' and 'Seema avalanghan.' Ravana effigies, together with pyrotechnics, are burned in various parts of India to symbolise the victory or destruction of evil. As we all know, Lord Rama waged a battle with the demon king Ravana in Lanka, and Lord Rama killed Ravana. As a result, Dussehra or Vijayadashami is observed.Check here : Free E-Books : Download PDF On Most Important GK Topics! 

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What is the history of Dussehra ?

This celebration is based on various mythical myths.

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In some regions of India, this day commemorates the day Goddess Durga killed the monster Mahishasur. That is why on Navaratri, all nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped.It is also said that Goddess Durga is immersed in water with the devotees, symbolising Goddess Durga's departure from the material world after defending Dharma. In Mysore, Karnataka, the Dussehra celebration commemorates the day when Chamundeshwari, another incarnation of Goddess Durga, defeated the monster Mahishasur. Do you know that the entire city is decked out and lit up with colourful lights? In reality, elephant parades carrying processions of Goddess Chamundeshwari were carried across the city.The Dussehra festival commemorates the day Lord Rama slew the demon king Ravana in Lanka. In Hindu mythology, Ravana is said to have kidnapped Lord Rama's wife Sita. Lord Brahma also granted Ravana invincibility. Lord Rama is regarded Lord Vishnu's seventh incarnation, and during the struggle, Lord Rama managed to throw an arrow into Ravana's belly, killing him. As a result, the Dussehra festival is seen as a triumph of good over evil.

Significance of Festival Dussehra 

Dussehra celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This festival represents the exposure of wrongdoings committed on other days. Truth and righteousness always triumph against wicked forces. Dussehra is also seen as a good day to launch new enterprises or make new investments. Small children are admitted to schools in various South Indian states on this day.

Various Rituals and celebration on the occasion of Dussehra 

As one of the main traditions of Dussehra, people perform a dramatic play of Lord Ram's life story, known as Ramleela. Furthermore, enormous Ravan dummies are loaded with firecrackers and set ablaze on the open grounds on the night of the celebration. Along with the ruler of Lanka, effigies of Meghnad and Kumbhkaran are occasionally set on fire. In Gujarat, however, the anniversary is commemorated by the traditional folk dance Garba. They dress up in traditional attire for both Navratri and Dussehra and make the most of the festivities. Meanwhile, on the final day of the Durga Puja festival, devotees in West Bengal immerse the Goddess Durga idol in the river. This rite is known as Visarjan, and it is meant to say the goddess farewell.

South Indians, on the other hand, bring home idols of the Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Married women pay visits to one other's homes and exchange presents like coconuts and betel nuts. They sing songs and adore the goddess in her three principal forms: Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga.

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Who started the Dussehra?

Raja Wodeyar I

Who celebrated Dussehra?

Dussehra is celebrated in the eastern and southern states as the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. It starts on the first day of Navratri and lasts nine days. Most northern and western Indian states, on the other hand, commemorate Dussehra as Lord Rama's victory over Ravana.

Who killed Ravana on Dussehra?

Lord Ram .

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