Dussehra 2023: Know History, Significance And Types of Celebration Across India

Dussehra underlines the victory of good over evil. Here is all you need to know about this auspicious festival and why do we really celebrate it?

Dussehra 2023: Know History, Significance And Types of Celebration Across India

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is observed on the tenth day of Navratri. It is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar. Dussehra symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Dussehra emphasizes the notion of good triumphing over evil. On this day, Ravana’s effigies are burned as a reminder that good always wins out over truth.  Dussehra is observed on the Dashmi Tithi of Ashwin in the Shukla Paksha. This year, it falls on Tuesday, October 24.

Dussehra 2023 History And Significance

The Sanskrit words “Dasha” (ten) and “Hara” (head) are where the name Dusshera comes from. On that day, Lord Ram destroyed Ravan, a demon. When we hear the term “Dussehra,” many memories come flooding back from our youth, including those of the carnival, pandals, ravan dahan, sweets, and numerous fireworks. Fairs and carnivals are frequently held all across the nation.

According to Hindu mythology, Ravana is a demon king who kidnapped Lord Rama’s wife Mata Sita. To rescue her wife, Lord Rama travelled to Lanka along with his brothers Lakshman and Lord Hanuman and killed Ravana on the tenth day of battle. On the other side, this day commemorates Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura and it is celebrated as Vijaydashmi.

Dussehra 2023 Date And Time

  • Dashmi Tithi Begins: October 23- 05.44 PM
  • Dahsami Tithi Ends: October 24- 03.14 PM
  • Aparahna Puja Time: October 24- 12.40 PM to 02.59 PM
  • Vijay Muhurat: October 24- 01.26 PM to 02.12 PM

Dussehra 2023 Rituals And Puja Vidhi

During Dussehra, people offer prayers to Lord Rama and other deities. They also perform ravan dahan and install pandals decorated with flowers and lights. In Hindu culture, the rituals of Dussehra will be performed on Aparahan time. Some people mix rice, yoghurt, and vermilion together and apply tilak to their family members, and seek Goddess Durga and Lord Ram’s blessings.

Dussehra Celebrations Across India

  • North India: People represent Ramleela during these nine days, where they showcase the entire story of the epic Ramayana. The show culminates on the tenth day when effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran, and Meghnad. A huge crown participates in this Ravan Dahan and celebrates the victory of good over evil.
  • Andhra Pradesh: On the auspicious day of Dussehra, people honour their elders by offering them shami tree leaves. Many people also take part in the boat festival which is popularly known as Theppotsvam.
  • West Bengal: On the tenth day, people offer sindoor to Maa Durga and worship her.
  • Kerala: This day is celebrated as Vidhyarambham day in which little children learn to write their names.

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