Why is Dussehra Celebrated? History & Significance of Dussehra

Dusshera is regarded as one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals. On this day, devotees rejoice to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, who abducted his wife Sita. It is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri and is also called Vijayadashami, and Dashain. The festival reminds us that every evil thing will come to an end one day and good shall always prevail. Read below to know more about why we celebrate Dusshera every year:


When do we celebrate Dusshera?

Dussehra, which commemorates the triumph of good over evil, is observed on the tenth day of Ashvina in conjunction with the full moon, also known as the “bright fortnight”. The nine-day Navratri festival comes to an end on Dussehra, which also falls on the tenth day of the Durga Puja celebration. This festival is the time when Hindus start prepping up for their major festival Diwali, which happens exactly after 20 days from Dusshera. 

Why do we celebrate Dusshera?

The Hindu epic Ramayana, which is where this auspicious festival originated, tells the story of how Lord Rama—the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu—killed the ten-headed demon Ravana during the Sat-yuga because Ravana had taken Sita, Lord Rama’s wife.

Lord Rama travelled all the way to Lanka (Ravana’s domain) with the aid of his brother Lakshman and his devotee Hanuman in order to fight Ravana and win Sita back. To acquire the protection of the goddess of bravery and strength, Rama prayed to Durga as they travelled and finally got victorious in killing Ravana.

What does the festival symbolise?

It symbolises Rama’s victory over Ravana and the end of Ramlila. Alternatively, it represents reverence for one of the goddesses Devi’s personas, such as Durga or Saraswati.

How is Dusshera celebrated?

With a religious offering for the coming year, the festival starts at sunrise. In the family puja room or in Hindu temples, a tray of flowers is set next to a lamp. Particularly yellow blooms from the golden shower tree are included, as well as fruits, vegetables, rice, coins, and gifts. Click Here and learn some amazing DIY Dusshera ideas.

The vishukkani, or “first sight on Vishu,” is an offering that is meant to be seen as soon as one awakens in order to bring about an abundance of its contents throughout the upcoming year. Because of this, kids are frequently guided to the vishukkani while having their eyes covered. Later, gifts or donations are made with the contents of the vishukkani. Usually, a more senior family member gives the children the coins (known as kaineettam). Click Here and read 5 interesting activities to keep your kids engaged on the eve of Dussehra.

Effigies of the Demon Ravan and his brothers are burnt

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and have an awesome family time celebrating Dusshera.

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