There are two important stories behind celebration of Dussehra festival in India. One story is related with Lord Ram and another is related with Goddess Durga. The festival of Dussehra show the victory of good over evil.India is known as a land of festivals and celebrations. Most of the Hindu festivals are related to great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata and Dussehra is one of the main ones. It is believed that the war between Ram and Ravana went on during these 10 days and Ravana was killed by tf Ram on the tenth day.
Traditionally, in Indian culture, Dussehra was always full of dances, where the whole community mixed, met and mingled. But because of external influences and invasions over the past two hundred years, we have lost that today. Otherwise Dussehra was always very vibrant. Even now it is still so in many places, but it is being lost in the rest of the country. We have to bring it back. The Vijayadashami or Dussehra festival is of a tremendous cultural significance for all who live in this land – irrespective of their caste, creed or religion – and should be celebrated with gaiety and love. It is my wish and my blessings that all of you should celebrate Dussehra with total involvement, joy and love.In northern India, it is a ritual to plant barley seeds in earthen pots on the first day of Ashwin month or the beginning on the Navaratri. On the tenth day, these sprouts are taken out and used and planted as symbols of luck, they are called “Noratrats” due to their nine-night old age.
They also hold outdoor fairs (melas) and large parades with effigies of Ravana (a mythical king of ancient Sri Lanka). The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Dussehra is the culmination of the Navaratri festival.
There are many local celebrations in some areas in India that can last for up to 10 days. Local celebration include:
Event of the Ramlila (a short version of the epic Ramayana) in Northern India.
A large festival and procession including the goddess Chamundeshwari on a throne mounted on elephants in the town of Mysore in the state of Karnataka.
The blessing of household and work-related tools, such as books, computers, cooking pans and vehicles in the state of Karnataka.
The preparation of special foods, including luchi(deep fried flat bread) and alur dom (deep fried spiced potato snacks), in Bengal.
In the southern part of India Vijaya Dashami is celebrated with the worship of Chamundeshwari or Durga. Colourful toys of gods and goddesses are built and exhibited to mark the celebration which is known as “Golu” in Tamil Nadu and “Bombe Habba” in Karnataka. In Kerala, Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge is worshipped on the day of Vijaya Dashami and young children are introduced to education on this auspicious day.
Dussehra also celebrate with enjoyment In Eastern India and Bengal – Vijaya Dashami marks the culmination of the five days of Durga Puja. The idol of the mother goddess is worshipped for five days and on this day, Durga is believed to leave for her husband, Shiva’s abode in the Himalayas. The idol is immersed in the Ganges on this day and the festivities of greeting each other and distributing sweets begin. The young seek the blessings of the elders on this occasion.
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