Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian Hindu festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October.
The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.
A major Hindu festival, Dusshra is a gazetted holiday in India, which is marked on the 10th day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the month of Ashvin (Ashwayuja), according to the Hindu calendar. It is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. There are several legends behind the festival. Though they may be different in context, the soul for all of them remains the same – victory og good over evil.
Victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisasura:
Dusshra is celebrated to mark the defeat of Mahisasura and the victory of Goddess Durga. The story says that asuras or demigods had become powerful and tried to defeat devas and capture heaven.
Goddess Durga came to the rescue. She took up the form of Shakti to kill Mahishasura. Riding on a lion, she fought Mahishasura for nine days and nights. On the tenth day, she killed Mahishasura. In East India, life-size clay idols of Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up, coinciding with the Navratri and Dusshera festival.
Celebrate Dussehra With Joy & Love:
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.