Dussehra is an auspicious Hindu holiday celebrated across the country of India, Bengladesh and Nepal. Devoteees celebrate this festival with complete passion and devotion. Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is meant to commemorate the defeat of Ravana , the king of Demon, against Lord Rama. Let’s dig down more information about the celebration, tradition, significance and legends about Dussehra Festival.
The celebration of Dussehra usually falls between the months of September and Ocotber. The Dussehra dates are determined by the lunar calendar that Hindus use.
In 2012, Dussehra will be on October 24, 2012 – Wednesday.
Different celebrations and activities are held during Dussehra. There are dance and play performances known as Ramaleela. This performance depicts Lord Rama’s life. This is usually performed during the day of Dussehra. Ramaleela performances are quite big in the states of Delhi and Varanasi.
Other Dussehra celebrations include burning huge effigies of Ravana in major streets. This represents the burning of evil and overcoming darkness. Other cultural festivies and fairs are also held during the Dussehra. They decorate elephants and put an idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari. This will be escorted through the city.
There are different traditions and rituals done during the celebration of Dussehra. This includes worshipping tools that are used to make living. Today, this even includes cars and computers. In the legends of Dussehra, it is believed that Arjuna put his weapon in a certain tree and was able to retrieve it after a year. Since then, he worshipped his weapon and the tree.
During Dussehra, people are also exchanging dussehra greetings and wishes. Here are some samples of Dussehra messages:
May Lord Rama shower you with lots of blessings,
Making your life successful and prosperous
Freeing you from troubles and hindrances
Success and good fortune
Lots of blessings
Defeat of evil
Spirit of togetherness
On the day of Dussehra
May this sacred day of Dussehra
Be the start of your happy life.
May Lord Rama free you from difficulties
And shower you with loads of blessings