Dussehra, one of the major Hindu festivals also known as Dasara is celebrated at the end of Navaratri. The day is observed on the tenth day of Ashvin, according to the Hindu calendar which generally falls in Gregorian months of September and October. This year, Dusshera the festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil falls on September 30. The festival is celebrated with pomp and fervour across the country with different states following various customs and tradition. In the southern states, the day is known as Vijayadashami where special prayers and rituals are performed in temples and households. The festival is also celebrated on large scale in the neighbouring country of Nepal by a large population. The day is known as Durga Puja or Dugotsava in the eastern and northeastern states of India. Elaborate celebrations, performance arts, processions can be witnessed in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and Tripura during those nine days.  

Dussehra History: Mythology And Story Related To The Festival Of Vijayadashami

Dussehra History: Mythology And Story Related To The Festival Of Vijayadashami

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According to popular Hindu beliefs, Lord Rama fought against Ravana for ten days and defeated him to save his wife, Sita. The victory of Lord Rama over Ravana signifies good over evil. In most parts of the country, people fast for nine days after which Dussehra is celebrated. The eastern states celebrate Durga Puja signifying good over evil after Goddess Durga killed demon Mahisasura. While in the Southern states, Goddess Durga or Goddess Chamundeswari is worshipped who defeated demon Mahisasura and his army on Chamundi hills to protect the people. Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya are worshipped are also worshipped on this day. Also Read - West Bengal Extends Covid Curbs Till Nov 30, Allows Theatres, Malls to Open At 70% Capacity | Full List Of Guidelines Here

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The Dashami Tithi for Dushera begins on 11:49 pm on September 29, 2017, and the Dashami Tithi ends 1:35 am on Oct 1, 2017.

Vijay Muhurat timings are 2:08 pm to 2:55 pm

Aparahna Puja timings are 1:21 pm to 3:42 pm

During this festival, Ramleela or plays are organised in temple grounds and at other events that enact the tale of The Ramayana. Idols of Goddess Durga are immersed into the water following grand processions and special prayers. Food being an integral part of India’s festivities, Dussehra or Durga Puja also wit the esses preparation of sweets like rasgula, halwa, ladoo, barfi and various other dishes.

On this days, melas (outdoor festival gatherings) and parades also take place where effigies of Ravana are burnt showing the victory of good over evil. The effigies are burnt in bonfires in the evening culminating the Navaratri festival. According to Hindu beliefs, the day is believed to the lucky to start a new venture or any project. People also exchange leaves from the Sahmi tree as it is considered auspicious.