Why We celebrated Dussehra?

Dussehra Festival: Dussehra is the festival which represents the victory of the good over the evil. India is known as a land of festivals. Beginning from the ancient ages to the modern day India, many rituals have been practiced in our country. India has been ruled by different dynasties starting with the invasion of Alexander from Greece and then by the different Muslim kingdoms of the Arab world and finally by the Europeans among which the English became the eventual rulers of India leaving a very few parts of India under the Portuguese rule. So every ruling community has left a mark of its culture and traditions on the Indians.
Dussera and Deepavali are among the topmost festivals in India dating back to a very earlier period. we shall discuss the Dussera festival. Dussehra means the Tenth Day after the Navaratri (nine nights)It is celebrated as the day the Hindu goddess Chamundeshwari killed the ferocious demon Mahishasura. The name of the city of Mysore in Karnataka is also perhaps derived from Mahisasura. The festival usually falls during the months of September or October of the English calendar.

Dussehra is celebrated: Dussera or Dussehra and some people even spell it as Dassera means the tenth day. The festival begins with Navratras or the nine nights and the tenth day is the Dussehra of . The day is also celebrated as Vijayadasmi or the Victory Day because it is believed that Rama defeated Ravana and achieved his victory of this day.

How it is celebrated: It also coincides with Ramlila where the characters of Rama, Sita, Lakshamana and Hanuman beautifully dressed in the legendry costumes are taken out in processions and plays involving the scenes from Ramayana are enacted for several days before the Dussehra festival which finally culminated in the burning of the effigy of the Ravana on the tenth day after the navaratris. Recitations and music highlighting the life and actions of the legendry hero Rama are played during the intervening period before the Dussehra. In the Indian capital, Delhi the processions finally lead to the Ramlila grounds, a sprawling open ground in the centre of the capital where the effigies of Ravana and his brother Meghadoota and others are burnt towards the evening.

The message and embodiment of Dussehra: this day the effigy of ravana, kumbhakarna and meghnaad are burnt. this is symbolic that you also burn the qualities which spoil the mind that is lust, anger, identification, greed, too much pride, jealousy, selfishness, injustice, cruelty and ego. according to one opinion, ravana ten heads represent these ten qualities. follow the path of dharma, truth and righteousness. don’t allow ego to influence your decisions. listen to your inner voice and to the wise men.


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