Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra, is one of the most important festivals celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The word is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning “remover of bad fate”.
It is referred to by different names in different parts of our country while navratri and durgotsava are commonly used the other names for it are the vijaydashmi, dusro, dashain etc.
In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dasara through social gatherings and food offerings to the gods at home and in temples throughout India. In Bangladesh, it is a five day long festival and is celebrated in mandaps (congregation). The largest festival is held at Dhakeshwari temple and Ramkrishna missionary in Dhaka. On the day of Dasha-Hara, clay statues of the Goddess Durga are submerged in rivers. The pooja is performed with turmeric and other pooja items, which are added to the river in order to help the water yield better crops.
Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil. There are many variations to this feat, that are believed all across India.
Victory of Prabhu Ramachandra over Ravana
Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura
Homecoming of Durga Mata
End of Agyatwas of Pandavas
While traditionally it is celebrated in various parts of the country according to the local beliefs and rituals the most common and popular one is burning the effigy of Ravana.
This year also we will see the burning of effigies but this year the symbolic ravana should be the corruption and rot that has taken its toll on the nation.
With wishes to all of you on this day of victory of good over evil we must resolve to burn all the evils from our Mother Nation.
HAPPY DUSSEHRA !!
Raja Ramchandra Ki Jai …..