One of the most renowned Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India is known as Dussehra Festival. Although the manner of celebration differs from region to region, the entire nation celebrates the auspicious occasion with much fervor and merriment. The Dussehra celebration commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the ten-headed demon king o Lanka, Ravana, and how he granted the conquered kingdom to his sibling Vibhishana. Since then Dussehra has also been known as Vijayadashmi and is memorialized by the Hindus as the day good triumphed over evil.
Importance of Dussehra
As mentioned before, the celebration of Dussehra varies from region to region; one of the more renowned celebrations is of the state of Mysore, which celebrates Dussehra in the most grandiose and lavish manner. Additionally, some regions have rituals unique only to the locality, some cities conduct massive processions, other organize a Ram Leela, while other participate in Ravan Dahan. Grand fireworks are commonplace during the celebration of Dussehra, moreover no festival is complete without bountiful feasting. In other parts of India, vibrant expositions and bazaars dot the landscape on Dussehra.
Throughout India, the whole epic Ramayana is acted out beginning ten day from Dussehra. It is noteworthy to say that Dussehra is celebrated in the same manner in other countries where Hindu communities have sprouted. On the tenth day, Dussehra, multitudes of people run out to the streets on procession; singing and chanting hymns, praising the might of Lord Rama while reenacting the Rama-Ravana battle. Through this celebration, Hindus are reminded that the forces of the righteous will always come out victorious and it urges them to follow that path of dharma.
Dussehra directly represents the victory of good over evil, and hence the Hindus hold this day in high regard. Even today, rituals wherein effigies of the demon Ravana and his servants Kumbhkarana and Meghanad are burned still persist. Hindus believe that this just goes to show that the goodness of humanity will always triumph against anything that tries to trample it. Just as Lord Rama fought for ten days against the demon Ravana, who kidnapped his wife, and achieved victory, so can all of mankind defeat anyone who wishes to tyrannize them. Lord Rama’s victory is known as Vijayadashmi and Hindus honor this day knowing that the gods will always be there to grant them victory.