Also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a significant Hindu celebration celebrated after Navaratri every year. It is celebrated on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin or Kartik, the sixth and seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar individually months of September and October.
Vijayadashami is celebrated for many purposes and lauded differently in many parts of South Asia. In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of Hindustan, Vijayadashami signifies the end of Durga Puja, memorising goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to restore and defend dharma.
In the northern and western states, the celebration is synonymously called Dussehra, in these districts, it signifies the ending of “Ramlila” and identifies God Rama’s triumph over the Ravan. Alternatively, it marks an honour for one of the aspects of god Devi such as Durga or Saraswati.
Many parts of Hindustan Dussehra has different importance
In most of northern and western India, Dasha-Hara (literally, “ten days”) is celebrated in worship of Raam Thousands of drama-dance-music plays based on the Ramayan and Ramcharitmanas (Ramlila) are conducted at outside fairs over the land and in tentatively made stage areas highlighting models of the beasts Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghanath.
The puppets are fired on campfires in the twilight of Vijayadashami-Dussehra. While Dussehra is observed on the same day across Hindustan, the celebrations starting to it vary. In many areas, the “Rama Lila”, or the brief version of the story of Rama, Sita and Lakshaman, is performed over the 9 days before it, but in some cities.
- Himachal Pradesh
- Kullu Dussehra is lauded in the Kullu channel of Himachal Pradesh and is regionally famous for its large fair and ceremony observed by estimated half a million people.
- Southern India
Mysore Dasara parade and celebrations in Karnataka are a major tourist fascination.
Vijayadasami has rejoiced in a diversity of ways in South India.
Magnifications arrange from praying Durga, sparking up temples and major forts such as at Mysore, to showcasing colourful marionettes, known as a golu.
In Gujarat, Both god Durga and god Rama are honoured for their triumph over sin. Fasting and prayers at temples are normal. A regional reception called Dandiya Raas, that uses colourfully coloured sticks, and Garba that is playing in an old dress is a part of the celebrations through the twilight.
In Maharashtra, the gods established on the first day of Navratri are submerged in rainwater. Spectators attend each other and switch desserts.
In Mewar district of Rajasthan and Gujarat, both Durga and Rama have been glorified on Vijayadashami, and it has been a major celebration for Rajput combatants.
The Gondi people alternately commemorate Ravan by transferring a picture of him touring an elephant and singing praises to him, as they consider Ravan as their founder and one of their sons. This Year Dussehra will be marked on Tuesday
8 October and again 1.3 Billion Indians will celebrate Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.