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Dussehra Wishes 2020
Dussehra also is known as Vijayadashami, Dasara, Dashain depending on the region all over the country. It is one of the major Hindu festivals and celebrated for ten days. People worship Goddess Durga for Navratri and on the tenth day celebrates Dussehra. Festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar, Ashwayuja Masam which mostly falls on September and October months of the Gregorian calendar.
Why do we Celebrate Dussehra 2020?
Dussehra is celebrated for different reasons and people celebrate differently depending upon their region in various parts of India. Mostly the festival celebrated on remembering goddess Durga for killing the demon Mahishasura to protect and restore Dharma in the southern, eastern, and northeastern regions.
In the central, northern, and western regions of India, the festival is celebrated for remembering Lord Rama killing Ravana. And also celebrated for Arjuna killing all the soldiers and defeated Kuru warriors. Vijayadashami is a significant example of the victory of good over evil. This festival is also the admiration of the goddess Devi as Durga or Saraswati.
According to James Lochtefeld Dussehra is a composite word of dasham and ahar which means ten and days. Vijayadashami is also the composition of two words Vijaya and Dashami which means victory and tenth.
Stories behind Dussehra
One of the stories people celebrate Dussehra when Ravana kidnapped Sita. Lord Rama requested Ravana to release Goddess Sita but he refused. At that movement Lord Rama declared war, but Ravana as a boon from Lord Brahma that he cannot be killed by gods, demons, or spirits. In the war, Rama killed Ravana and ends the evil. Ravana had ten heads and Rama killed all the ten heads and so-called Dussehra. Dussehra is the festival of Rama’s victory over Ravana.
In the other story of Dussehra, in Mahabharata, Pandavas spent thirteen years of an eviction and for the last year before going to Virata they hung all their weapons for a Shami tree for safekeeping. Bheema kills Kichaka, Duryodhana after hearing the death of Kichaka attacks Virata, and seals their cattle to uncover Pandava’s anonymity. Uttar takes Brihannala with him as a charioteer, as suggested by Draupadi.
After seeing the Kaurava army, Uttar ran away. Then Arjuna goes to the Shami tree and worships the tree for safeguarding the weapons. Arjuna fights and defeats Duryodhana, Bhishma, Drona, Aswathama, Karna, and the Kuru army. Arjuna won the war and attained victory, on his name the festival named Vijayadashami.
Dussehra Celebrations in Different Regions
In north India, the festival celebrated in the honor of Rama. People there do Ramayana dramas dances at outdoor fairs by featuring the status of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada. People burn the status with a bonfire on the evening of Dussehra or Vijayadashami.
In Kullu, Dussehra is celebrated in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. A large fair is notable and every year witnesses half a million people. Kullu special feature of Dussehra is the arrival of floats containing deities from nearby regions and their journey to Kullu.
In south India festival starts with Durga Pooja, lighting up the temples and displays colorful sculpture and name it as golu. In Mysore at Chamundeshwari temple people host competitions, dances sing, fireworks displayed, even do military parades and charities given to the public.
Goddess Saraswati is also worshipped along with instruments during the festival. People clean and worships their instruments, tools working with their livelihood during the festival for Goddess Durga and Saraswati.
In Gujarat, both Lord Rama and Goddess Durga worshipped for their victory over evil on Dussehra. People do fasting, prayers at temples, and play their regional dance Dandiya Raas with colorfully decorated sticks. People also do the Garba by wearing their traditional dress throughout the night.
The Gondi people of this region Ravana as their ancestor and one of their gods. They carry the image of Ravana on an elephant by singing praising songs of Ravana. Goa people call it Dasro in Konkani, they worship Goddess Durga on the festival day.
The people play Taranga and it plays an important role. In Maharashtra, the festival called Dasara. The deity of Durga installed and worshipped for ten days, Navratri and immerse in the water on the tenth day.
Vijayadashami here called Bijoya Dashomi and celebrated on the next day of Dasara. People here mark their faces with sindoor and wear red clothes, Bengalis here sings emotional songs and bid goodbye to the Goddess Durga. Some communities in Varanasi visit the Durga Temple on the eleventh day, called Ekadashi.
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When is Dussehra Festival this year?
Dussehra festival this year 2020 is on 25th October, Sunday.