October 11, 2016 12:00 am
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Dussehra is a popular festival celebrated by Hindus all over India as a triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated every year with full faith, enthusiasm, love and honour. On this day Lord Rama killed ten-headed Ravana the demon king of Lanka and rescued his beloved wife – Sita. So, the day is also known as Vijayadashmi, ‘Vijay’ means ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi’ means the tenth day. Dussehra festival is also famous as the Durgotsav because it is considered that on the same day Mata Durga also killed another demon called Mahishasura.
When Is It Celebrated?
According to Hindu calendar, Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month. This day falls in the month of September or October two or three weeks earlier to the Diwali. The day is followed by a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with the immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga.
How It Is Celebrated?
India is a country of fair and festivals where people celebrate and enjoy every festival with great joy and faith. A huge fair of Ramlila is organized at Ram-Lila ground in all the cities and states where people from nearby regions come to see the fair and dramatic representation of the Ramlila by actors.
According to the Hindu Scripture, Ramayana, it is believed that Lord Rama had performed Chandi Hom to get blessings of goddess Durga to defeat Ravana. Lord Rama, got the victory by knowing the secret of Ravana’s killing on the 10th day of the war. Finally, he rescues his wife Sita safely after killing the Ravana. Lord Rama had killed the Ravana because he had kidnapped his wife Sita and was not agree to return her. Lord Rama had won the war with Ravana by the help of his younger brother Lakshman and Vanar soldier of Hanuman, biggest devotee of Lord Rama.
In the northern parts of India, huge statues of Ravana, his giant brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are placed in huge open grounds. Fireworks and crackers are placed inside the statues. Actors dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to act the final moments of the battle at the Ramlila ground. After the enactment of the climax of the war with king Ravana, the actor playing Rama shoots an arrow with a flaming tip at the effigies from a safe distance and the crowd of people bursts up in cheer, as the statue catch fire.
These statues are burned and with them, the evil they signifies so that the people are allowed to follow the path of truth, virtue, and goodness throughout the year.