Dussehra celebration: Dussehra is one such Hindu festival, celebrated with great fervor and grandeur all over the country. The festival marks the victory of the good over the forces of evil. But that is not all. The inherent connotation of the festival indicates the triumph of the positive forces over the negative forces as well as the prevailing of good senses over the evil ones.
The nomenclature for this unique festivity derives reference from the Sanskrit term Dasha-Hara, which signifies the ten-headed Ravana.
By the lunisolar calendars of the Hindus, Dussehra is celebrated in the Hindu month of Aswin, on the tenth day.
Moreover, the celebration of this festivity marks the end of a nine-day long war with the victory of good over evil.
Presence of two legends
According to the celebratory significance of the festival, it has two legends of reference.
The first one refers to the triumph of Lord Rama over the evil inclinations of Dashanan Ravana, who was responsible for the abduction of Lord Rama’s wife, Sita.
To rescue Sita from the perils created by Ravana, a fierce nine-day-long battle occurred between the forces of Rama and Ravana.
It is believed that Lord Rama was successful in defeating Ravana on the tenth day. Therefore, the tenth day marks the celebration of Dussehra. Well, to follow the other legend, Dussehra is also popular as Vijaya Dashami.
It is the final day for ten long days and nine fierce nights of the battle between Goddess Durga and the king of the demons, Mahisasura.
Importance of Vijay Dashami
Dussehra celebration, also known as the arrival of Vijaya Dashami bears the legend of incandescent energy, instrumental in the killing of Mahisasura.
Torn by the tyrannical reign of Mahisasura, the Devas decided to amalgamate their entire powers and strength into a single force.
This single unit of force gave rise to the undivided form of Shakti, represented by a goddess possessing ten hands. With the lion as her rider, goddess Durga set out on her aim of killing Mahisasura.
This particular saga essays the power and fortitude of positive forces over that of negative forces. Moreover, Vijaya Dashami is also regarded as the final day of Durga Mata’s homecoming, as believed in the state of West Bengal.
Liberation of one’s soul
As one of the most significant processes of observing Dussehra at home the performance of a Shanti Yagna as a manifestation of the Aditya Homa is necessary.
Moreover, it is also good to recite the Sundara Kanda from Srimad Ramayana, for consecutive five days.
Diligent observance of these rituals liberates one’s inner self and the household from the ten vices, signified by the ten heads of Ravana.
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