Dussehra or Dussera is one of the main festivals of Hindus
and celebrated all over the country. The festival is known by another name Vijayadashmi,
which means victory on the tenth day. Hindus believe that on this day Lord Rama
killed the demon-king, Ravana and conquered his kingdom, Lanka. The word Dussehra
has been derived from the word 'Dus' meaning 'Ten' and 'Hara' meaning 'annihilated'.
So literally, Dussehra is the day in which the 10 different facets of Evil had been
destroyed. Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashwina
or Ashwayuja, and the day is the final day of the 10 day festival of Navaratri.
The festival lasts for ten days, and not only Hindus but people of other religions
also celebrate the festival with great fanfare. In some regions of India, Hindus
and Sikhs celebrate this festival together. Dussehra or Dasara is the final day
of the Navratri celebrations and is held to be a festival in its own right. One
of the oldest Indian festivals, Dussehra is celebrated across India and has an ancient
origin that is steeped in a number of old legends.
There are many different origins to the Vijaya Dashami:
The most recited is the victory of Maatji over the demon Mahishasur
(Navratri), on this day after a 9-day battle
The day marks the triumph of Lord Rama over evil by killing the mighty demon king,
Ravana. Ravana had abducted Lord Rama’s wife, Sita and imprisoned her in Lanka,
but was rescued after Lord Rama defeated Ravana.
Melas are set up where Rama Leela is performed, and the story of Rama is read and
enacted throughout the previous nine days (Navratri). Colossal effigies of Ravana
with ten heads, his brother Kumbhakarana and son Indrajit (Meghanada) are stuffed
with fire crackers and shot with arrows of fire. Shouts of ‘Shri Ramachandraji ki
Jai’ fill the night as the effigies explode.
On this auspicious day, Arjuna picked up his weapons, hidden in the Shami tree and
went to battle. He fought Duryodhan to retrieve Virat Raja’s cows. All instruments,
pens, pencils, knives are worshipped on this day as this represents fighting against
injustice, ignorance and evil. Objects such as cars and machinery are also worshipped
as they represent progress and prosperity. The leaves of the Shami tree are distributed
as a symbol of God and goodwill.
Significance of Dussehra
Dussehra signifies the triumph of Good over Evil and it is also
considered to be an auspicious day to begin new things in life. In the Northern
part of India, Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama, over Ravana, the
ruler of Lanka, who according to the mythological Ramayana had abducted Sita, the
wife of Rama. However, in the Southern, Eastern and Western India, the festival
is celebrated as Navaratri, which ends with Vijayadashmi. Here the same festival
commemorates the legend in which the Goddess Durga, vanquishes the demon Mahishasura.
Belief and Rituals
Dassera day is considered a most auspicious day. It is a time-honored belief that
if any new venture is started on this day, it brings success. Hence, all the undertakings
be it laying-in of foundation of a new building, opening of a new commercial establishment
or even initiating a child into the world of learning- are started on this day.
Houses and shops are decorated with flower studded strings called 'Torans' (Floral
Gateways) Also on this day vehicles, machineries, books, weapons & also tools are
Gifts for Dusshera
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The safest and most indispensable gift for any festive occasion.
Everywhere across the world you can find people wearing and gifting new dresses
to their close ones to celebrate an occasion. While traditional dresses like Sarees,
Chaniya Cholis and Bandhani Lehanga (for women) and Dhoti Kurta/Pyjama kurta or
Sherwani (for men) are considered good festive gifts, it is best to think about
the tastes of your recipients and make the purchases accordingly. You can even go
for the latest designer clothes from popular brands which, these days, are quite
a hit with young men and women.
Sweets play a major role in Hindu festival. Giving sweets as a
gift shows the eagerness on the part of the giver to share the festive merriment
with the reciever. It is an age-old manner of celebrating a festival. It can well
be said that sweets truly complete the celebration of every joyful Hindu festival.
You can either buy a single type of sweets or a mixed pack containing different
kinds of sweets. These days, many shops offer readymade sweets in beautiful packs
enveloped with gift wrappers. In case you cannot decide on any other gift, a big
sweet pack will be the perfect Dasara present for your friends, relatives and acquaintances.
Ornaments are the most precious gifts for women and Dasara is one of those special
event for which you can buy jewellery for a woman you close to - your mother, sister,
wife or sweetheart. Silver or gold pendants, bangles, bracelets or necklace are
Dasara is primarily a religious occasion and you would do well to gift religious
gift items like gold or silver coins featuring images of Goddess Durga, Goddess
Lakshmi or Maa Shakti. These are quite popular gifts and are supposed to bring happiness
and prosperity to the homes of the recipient. Besides these, you can gift other
auspicious items such as Mata ki Chunrees, Mata ka Chattar, Goddess' Murti (idols),
Rudraksha Lockets etc.
Puja accessories, decorative items, home appliances, gift hampers etc