Dussehra is one of the most important Hindu Festival celebrated in various forms all over India. This festival is believed to remove the bad fate from people and marks the victory of goodness over evil. It is celebrated on the 10th day of Ashwin month of Hindu Calendar which generally falls in the months of September / October. This year, Dussehra Festival will be celebrated on Tuesday, 24th of October 2023.
Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashmi, Vijaya means "Victory" and Dashmi means "10th day". The meaning referred to Lord Ram's victory over the Ten headed Demon Ravana. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the Demon Mahishashur.
Legend Behind Dussehra :
The festival is celebrated in the remembrance of victory of Good over Evil as it is the day when Lord Ram killed the Demon Ravana. Demon Ravana had kidnapped the Lord Ram's beloved wife Sita and held her captive in his kingdom of Lanka, to win Sita's love but the devoted wife Sita suffered all tortures of Demon Ravana bravely and waited for Lord Ram.Lord Ram had performed the Chandi Homam and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga, who blessed him with secret knowledge of the way to kill Ravana. Lord Ram, his brother Lakshman, their follower Lord Hanuman and the monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. The war lasted for 10 days and on the day of Ashwin Shukla Dashmi, Lord Ram and his team found Goddess Sita and defeated the Demon Ravana. The glorious victory of Lord Ram was celebrated with great happiness, which continues to be followed till date in the form of Dussehra.
Celebration of Dussehra :