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 worshipped.
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 good gifts.
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