Dussehra falls at the end of Durga Puja or Navratri, the nine-day festival when Goddess Durga is worshipped for her power. Dussehra 2015 is round the corner, falling on October 22 this year. It will be celebrated with full fervour, as every year. But do you know the significance of the auspicious day? Let us help you understand it.
Dussehra or Dasra is also known as Vijayadashmi. It is called so because it celebrates the defeat of the demon Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama and his army of supporters. Lord Rama waged a war against Ravana because he kidnapped his wife Goddess Sita and held her in captivity in his kingdom Lanka. Ravana wanted to marry Sita.
Effigies of the 10-headed demon Ravana, as also his brothers, Meghnada and Kumbhkarna, are burnt every year on the occasion at various open grounds across the country. A 10-day Ram Lila or Ram Leela on stage is also held to depict the story of Ravana and Lord Rama’s fight over Goddess Sita.
Dussehra also celebrates another good over evil victory – that of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. Dussehra also denotes the arrival of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that again celebrates the return of Lord Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after victory over Ravana.
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