Dussehra celebration

Dussehra: a festival that marked the victory of good over evil

11 months ago

The festivals celebrated in India give the message of the victory of good over evil in one way or the other but the festival which is known for this message is Dussehra that comes exactly twenty days before Diwali. According to the Panchag, the Dashami of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month is celebrated all over the country as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. Dussehra is one of the major festivals of Hindus.

This festival tells the story of Lord Shri Rama, who killed the Demon king Ravana after 9 days of continuous war in Lanka and freed Mata Sita from his captivity. On this day, Maa Durga also killed Mahishasura, hence it is also celebrated as Vijayadashami and Mata Durga is also worshiped. On this day effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghnad are burnt. This year, the auspicious Vijaya Dashami is on 8 October 2019.

There are some places in India of which the Dussehra celebration is quite famous and worth watching. Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal and Mysuru in Karnataka. Here Dussehra is celebrated with huge pomp and fervor.  The biggest attraction in Mysuru Dasara is the elephant procession which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Seema Jain

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