Durgapuja is celebrated for ten days in Ashvayuja (September-October) in India during the first half of the month. The tenth day is known as Vijayadashami (Tenth Day of Triumph).
What is the significance of Dussehra?
The Hindus celebrate Dussehra with considerable passion. In October, one of India’s best celebrations takes place. The forces of good triumph against the powers of evil at this event.
The origins of Dussehra can also be linked to the epic Ramayana. Rama’s slaying of Ravan, according to popular belief, is a crucial part of the celebration. In the epic, Rama, the celestial incarnation, was exiled for fourteen years on his father’s command. While Rama and his wife Sita were through this ordeal, Sita was kidnapped by the ten-headed Ravana, causing Rama and both of them to face numerous difficulties.
On the same day as Dussehra in Satyug, Ram (the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) slew Ravan, who had kidnapped Sita. With the support of his brother Lakshman, his follower Hanuman, and a monkey army, Rama fought for ten days to save his wife.
Because of Lord Rama’s devotion, Dussehra has become associated with the worship of Goddess Durga rather than Lord Rama. Another interpretation of the word “Dussehra” is “Dasa-Hara,” which implies that Lord Rama slashed Ravana’s ten heads off. Dussehra is a festival in Northern India that commemorates Lord Rama’s triumph over Ravana.
How Are Different Indian States Celebrating Dussehra?
Dussehra is observed in a variety of ways around the country. Parts of the rite are dedicated to the triumph of good over evil and to the worship of gods and goddesses. However, the most important aspect of Dussehra is Lord Rama’s victory against demon king Ravan in the Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic.
Melas and Ramlilas are performances that enact episodes from the Ramayana. On the tenth day, there is a Ravana Dahan dramatisation. The effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbakara are then destroyed.
The melas are conducted at several Ramlila fields across the country and include food booths, gaming stalls, Ferris wheels, and other fun activities. The Ramlila celebrations are attended by celebrities who light up the celebration locations with dazzling lights.
People in West Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha celebrate Durga puja by wearing red sarees and applying vermilion to signify the end of the celebration. Bengalis commemorate the occasion by immersing their idols in bodies of water and chanting traditional Bengali melodies.