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Importance of Vijayadashami (Dussehra)


Vijayadashami or Dussehra is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day after Navratri. It is celebrated for victory of good over evil. Read on to know about how and why Dussehra is observed and celebrated.

Vijayadashami or Dussehra is the auspicious day after nine days of Navratri. It is believed that by celebrating this day in the right way, it can bring success and victory into your life. Navratri concluding with Dussehra is a festival of great importance and significance. It is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, but most importantly it is about feminine Goddess or feminine divinity.

Significance of Dussehra

Dussehra is celebrated as symbolic moment of vanquishing evil and malicious nature every year. It is about having reference to different aspects of life as well as things and objects that contribute to the wellbeing of people. It is celebrated on the tenth day after nine days of Navratri celebration which is further divided into three parts. The first three days are for celebrating and worshipping Goddesses who are known for fierce nature. The next three days are dedicated to gentle and materially oriented Goddesses and the last three days are related to knowledge and enlightenment.

Vijayadashami – The Day of Victory

It is believed that investing in the three important aspects related to living on earth would help you make your life successful. The tenth day, Vijayadashami is believed to help you achieve success in life by conquering all the three qualities. It is a day of victory and if you win over the qualities, it not only shows your accomplishment, but also your strength and courage. This brings in the message that being in reverence and gratitude towards everything that goes on in your life leads to success and victory.

Celebrating Dussehra with Love and Happiness

In Indian culture, Dussehra was traditionally a time for the entire community to meet and mingle with dance and merry making. With time things have changed and many traditions are not followed any more. Many do not know and some do not want to know. But, for those who want to know and revive the tradition, there is not much they need to do. Vijayadashami is a festival of tremendous cultural significance and should be celebrated with gaiety and love without discriminating people. So, this year all should celebrate Dussehra with total involvement, love and joy.

Significance of Vijayadashami in Ramayana

Lord Rama killed Ravana and got victory on this day. Ravana had kidnapped Goddess Sita and fled to Lanka. The entire story is also played on the stage by local artists. The entire scene of execution of Ravana by Lord Ramchandra is enacted in a dramatic folk play, called Ram Lila. The main intention of the play is to show the blissful actions of Rama.

In rural areas the enthusiasm of Ram Lila among folk people could be seen because they make long journey sometimes even starting at night, just to watch the play. The play is usually organized by local Ram Lila committees, is funded by local people and also enacted by them.

It is believed that during 17 the century the King of Mysore ordered celebration of Dussehra on a grand scale. This is the reason why Dussehra is celebrated with great fervour and energy till date in Mysore. In addition to this, in Rajasthan Dussehra fair is held and colourful processions of Lord Rama is taken out which passes through the main market followed by hundreds of people. The biggest fair is held in Kota, Rajasthan every year on this occasion. The victory procession of Lord Rama is welcomed by people with cheer.

What is the significance of Vijayadashami or Dussehra? How is Vijayadashami celebrated by Hindus? Why is it important to celebrate festival like Vijayadashami or Dussehra? Discuss here.

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Naina.2 years ago
On this day Lord Rama had killed Ravana and freed Goddess Sita.
Ishika.2 years ago
It is the celebration of victory of good over evil.
Amish.2 years ago
It is a very important festival for Hindus. Hindus celebrate this festival with great pomp and joy.
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